ISBN 9783905758092
Pages 256
Dimensions 297 x 210 mm
Illustrations Colour Photographs
Published 2009
Publisher Basler Afrika Bibliographien, Namibia
Format Paperback

Posters in Action

Visuality in the making of an African Nation

edited by Giorgio Miescher, Jeremy Silvester, Lorena Rizzo

Posters are designed to act. They moblise people, create citizens and consumers, shape public space and memory. In this richly illustrated volume the action of posters is analysed and documented historically for one African country: Namibia. The volume is the result of a Namibian-Swiss co-operation in research, documentation and collecting. The essays by scholars from both countries consider the extent to which public visuals were distributed, displayed, seen and appropriated in the context of campaigns of persuasion, protest and resistance. The Photographic Poster Archive included in this book documents and reveals a century of contested visuality which shaped the visual communication of Namibia.

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About the Editors

Jeremy Silvester

DR JEREMY SILVESTER, is Project Planning and Training Officer for the Museums Association of Namibia (MAN), and Project Co-ordinator for ‘The Heritage Hunt’, a UNESCO funded project. He taught history at the University of Namibia and the Universities of Bristol, Keele, and the West of England. He is widely published and co-edited Posters in Action (2009), The Colonising Camera (1999), and Namibia under South African Rule (1998).

Lorena Rizzo

Lorena Rizzo is a historian and currently a post-doctoral fellow at the Centre for Humanities Research of the University of the Western Cape. She has extensive experience in research and teaching in southern Africa and has published on visual history, gender and colonialism in 20th century Namibia. She is currently working on a project on police photography in Namibia and South Africa.