The different artistic media relating to political geography

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The different artistic media relating to political geography

Cartoon Journalism, Pictures and Images in Popular Geopolitics

The purpose of this assignment is to encourage you to consider how different artistic media may relate to political geography, and to write both an interpretation piece and a contribution piece on the popular geopolitics that
relate to cartoon journalism and other artistic materials. You have all had some experience of this in your reflections on the Vietnam: Artists at War exhibition.
In this exercise you are encouraged to critically examine examples of cartoon journalism focusing on geopolitical contexts, such as Israel-Palestine, particularly the life of Palestinian people, or the journey of a group of French medics through 1980s Afghanistan. Other materials will also be available for you to discuss. If you prefer, such as a film using clay figurines and raw film footage to focus on the day to day life in Democratic Kampuchea, under the Khmer Rouge regime.

The different artistic media relating to political geography

Part 1
Interpretation (1000 – 1500 words):
Your task is to write an interpretation piece that links the work(s) of specific artists, cartoon and photo-journalists, and creative use of such material for films that relate to particular geopolitical eras and / or contexts.

The materials will be introduced to you in the lecture notes. One focusing on Israel-Palestine and the work of Joe Sacco, as well as on Afghanistan and the work of three collaborators. (Emmanuel Guibert, Didier Lefèvre, and Frédéric Lemercier). The second part introduces work in relation to the Khmer Rouge period of Cambodia. It is focusing on three artists (Bunheang Ung, cartoonist; Vann Nath, painter; and Rithy Panh’s filmmaker, focus on The Missing Picture).

Your interpretation piece (try to keep within 1000 – 1500 words) should focus on answering the following questions:
1. Firstly, why are visual materials useful for us to understand and interpret past geopolitical landscapes and events?
2. Secondly, why may such materials enable us to have insights into everyday political geographical stories of ordinary people?
3. Thirdly, why is it important to understand the methods and aims of the artists when interpreting their work and the contexts they address?

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