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Propaganda Art in the 21st Century
Propaganda Art in the 21st Century
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Author(s): Staal, Jonas
ISBN No.: 9780262042802
Pages: 240
Year: 201909
Format: Trade Cloth (Hard Cover)
Price: £25.00
Status: Out Of Print (Not available from Oakleaf Books)

How to understand propaganda art in the post-truth era--and how to create a new kind of emancipatory propaganda art. Propaganda art--whether a depiction of happy workers in the style of socialist realism or a film produced by Steve Bannon--delivers a message. But, as Jonas Staal warns in this illuminating and timely book, propaganda does not merely make a political point; it aims to construct reality itself. Political regimes have shaped our world according to their interests and ideology; today, popular mass movements push back by constructing other worlds with their own propagandas. In Propaganda Art in the 21st Century , Staal offers an essential guide for understanding propaganda art in the post-truth era. Staal shows that propaganda is not a relic of a totalitarian past but occurs today even in liberal democracies. He considers different historical forms of propaganda art, from avant-garde to totalitarian and modernist, and he investigates the us versus them dichotomy promoted in War on Terror propaganda art--describing, among other things, a fictional scenario from the Department of Homeland Security, acted out in real time, and military training via videogame. He discusses artistic and cultural productions developed by popular mass movements of the twenty-first century, including the Occupy and undocumented protest actions, as well as struggles for national liberation and self-government in such countries as Mali and Syria.


Staal, both a scholar of propaganda and a self-described propaganda artist, proposes a new model of emancipatory propaganda art--one that acknowledges the relation between art and power and takes both an aesthetic and a political position in the practice of world making.


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