350- Subversive Images

What does subversive means ?

adj. Intended or serving to subvert, especially intended to overthrow or undermine an established government: “Sex and creativity are often seen by dictators as subversive activities” (Erica Jong). n. One who advocates or is regarded as advocating subversion.

During our lecture we talked about Subversive. A photograph doesn’t need to be visually brilliant to mean something, it should have a brilliant meaning to it. Subversive (Latin subvertere: overthrow) refers to a process by which the values and principles of a system in place, are contradicted or reversed.
A similar photo project of what subversive is, it is  Telex Iran. Telex Iran is an extraordinarily personal document of a public event. The photographs Gilles Peress took over a five-week period during 1979-1980 focus on the seizure of the American embassy and a number of hostages in Teheran by student proxy groups of the new Iranian regime.
Photograph by Gilles Peress
Another artist we discussed in the class was Acts of Resilience by Marta TucciConflict has a serious impact on the life of women and their role in family and society. The story talks about the Rohingya of Burma are one of the most persecuted, vulnerable and forgotten ethnic minorities in the world.
For  me this photo project is really good made from a composition point of view but in the same time it looks like another stereotype idea of showing the media about their situation.  The meaning behind the photos brings the whole project to a greater meaning, so that for is subversion.
Acts of Resilience by Marta Tucci.
Another photographer who used subversion in order to send a message was Jodi Bieber in her photographic project “Real beauty”.  This project is an extension of a Dove billboard advertising campaign in London showing ordinary women in their underwear advocating and speaking up for Real Beauty.
Another example of subversion is David  Bowie/  image as ziggy stardust.
This is what I found on internet about Ziggy Stardust:

Ziggy Stardust may refer to:

  • A persona adopted by David Bowie in the early 1970s
  • The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, Bowie’s 1972 concept album
  • “Ziggy Stardust” (song), a song from the album
  • Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (film), 1973 documentary and concert film
  • Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture, the soundtrack of the concert film
  • Ziggy Stardust Tour, a concert tour to promote the studio albums Ziggy Stardust and Aladdin Sane
  • A fictional character featured in Macklemore’s “And We Danced” on his album, The Unplanned Mixtape

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