Humanizing the Inhuman: Photographing the Philippine Drug War @ Jackson School of International Studies at University of Washington, Seattle [13 February]

Humanizing the Inhuman: Photographing the Philippine Drug War


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13
February
16:30 - 18:30

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Jackson School of International Studies at University of Washington
400 Thomson Hall, Seattle, Washington 98195
In this talk, Prof. Vicente Rafael inquires into the narco- and necro-politics of the war on drugs under the regime of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte. While popular, the war has also called forth other responses. One example has been the work of photojournalists. In the context of the drug war, how does photojournalism become a kind of advocacy as much as a form of mourning? How is trauma and witnessing braided together in the experience of photographers covering the drug war? What are the ambivalent effects of aestheticizing the image of those killed by the police and their death squads? How does the aesthetic rendering of death make possible the act of witnessing even as it repeatedly endangers it? What is the fate of photographic images once rendered into commodities by the global media and put into circulation for the consumption of anonymous viewers? And among families of the victims, how are the dead remembered in ways that elude photographic capture?
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