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Title:Posters act: Namibian poster action and the photographic poster archive
Author:Henrichsen, DagISNI
Periodical:Kronos: Journal of Cape History (ISSN 0259-0190)
Geographic term:Namibia
social history
External link:http://www.scielo.org.za/pdf/kronos/v35n1/v35a07.pdf
Abstract:Relying on the archival poster collections of two institutions (The National Archives of Namibia in Windhoek, and the Archives of the Basler Afrika Bibliographien in Basel, Switzerland), the authors reflect on the specific form and function of posters, but rather than focusing on image content, graphic vocabularies and genres, they try to understand and interpret posters in the context of specific forms of visuality emerging in Namibia throughout the 20th century. The authors discuss various examples of historical posters from Namibia and by linking them to historical photographs and oral knowledge about them, they reconstruct the place and role of posters in the constitution of public reading sites, among them most significantly the street. They also pay attention to posters and placards carried by demonstrators. Public visual consumption was regulated by apartheid policies, making access to public spaces in general and to images in particular highly contested. Nevertheless, despite the repressive policies of the colonial State, multiple cultures of visual literacies emerged, challenging and at times undermining the containment to narrow spaces and the silencing by colonial rule. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]