Contesting Visibility

Photographic Practices on the East African Coast

Since the introduction of photography by commercial studio photographers and the colonial state in Kenya, this global medium has been intensely debated and contested among Muslims on the cosmopolitan East African coast. This book does not only explore the making, circulation, and consumption of popular photographs, but also the other side, their rejection and obliteration, an essential aspect of a medium's history that should not be neglected. It deals with various »social spaces of refusal« in the local Muslim milieu and in that of »traditional« spirit mediums in which (gendered) visibility was (and is) contested in various and creative ways. It focuses on the »aesthetics of withdrawal«: the various ways and techniques that process the photographic act as well as the photographic image to theatricalize the surface of the image in new ways by veiling, masking, and concealing. In a fragmented historical perspective, Heike Behrend seeks to complement, decenter, and counter the history of photography as it has been told by the West and to narrate another history beginning with preceding local media such as textiles and spirit possession.

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2013-06-26, 266 Seiten
ISBN: 978-3-8376-2456-4

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Heike Behrend

Heike Behrend, emeritierte Professorin, Deutschland

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African Studies Review, 57/3 (2014), Drew Thompson
Autor_in(nen)
Heike Behrend
Buchtitel
Contesting Visibility Photographic Practices on the East African Coast
Verlag
transcript Verlag
Seitenanzahl
266
Ausstattung
kart., zahlr. Abb.
ISBN
978-3-8376-2456-4
DOI
Warengruppe
1752
BIC-Code
JHMC JFD AJ HBTR
BISAC-Code
SOC002010 PHO005000 POL045000
THEMA-Code
JHMC JBCT AJ NHTR
Erscheinungsdatum
2013-06-26
Auflage
1
Themen
Postkolonialismus, Fotografie
Adressaten
Anthropology, Media Studies, Media Anthropology, African Studies, Ethnography of Photography
Schlagworte
Anthropology of Africa, Photography, Media Anthropology, Media History, Islam, East African Coast, Postcolonialism, Ethnology, Africa

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