The Law is difficult to understand. It needs the glossator to explain, discuss and translate it, applying methods of marginal or interlinear annotations. Images belong to the elemental core of the body of law and the production of juridical meaning in visual terms.
The following pictorial glossaries give examples of the „ratio visiva“ of the legal world, that reach from the representational to the sensual realm of legal normativity, drawing out a visual rationale from the conflicting rulings of legal texts, that belong also to what is called the „force“ of law.
By means of the visual formula of resistance and revolt disseminated in the media, political systems are depicted as just or unjust, democratic or undemocratic. In the “Age of Resistance”, in which we see an increase in emancipatory and civic action, such images are disseminated ubiquitously. Through the socio-technical architecture of social media they not only hold a firm place in the attention economies of the present, but also inform the formal repertoires of artists. Artists who, as activists and dissidents, point to political grievances and legal inconsistencies, define a new and diverse genre. This canonized category of “political art” responds not just to particular social and political issues. Through their socio-critical and social actions, such artists also deliberately place themselves in a changed relationship to existing law.
The pictorial glossary „Aesthetics of Resistance“ attempts to define various forms of resistance exploring the multiple aesthetics of protest. By contrasting popular strategies of political engagement and their artistic appropriation, the glossary aims at a critical analysis (read more).