Posters in Action: Visuality in the Making of an African Nation
by Giorgio Miescher (Editor), Lorena Rizzo (Editor), Jeremy Silvester (Editor)
Basler Afrika Bibliographien (April 1, 2009)
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.
Photographs show posters outdoors and indoors, in streets, at junctions, in bars, class rooms and offices aswell as in personalised spaces. In many ways, the Photographic Poster Archive alerts us to the mobility of posters – and placards – as objects and to their capacity to evoke emotions and fix memory.