Burning Images: Performing Effigies as Political Protest



My research deals with specific media images that show protesters who hang or burn dolls depicting public figures as signs of political dissent. It is a peculiar age-old and widespread genre of protest that in recent years has been increasingly visible in the media in international conflicts. What upon first glance appears as an iconoclastic gesture turns out to be aimed at producing a row of new images: first the insulting dolls, then the performed image of violent death, and finally the photographic images that are meant to communicate through the media to a variety of audiences.

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