A new panel
This panel wishes to draw together a string of visual material, frames, and narrative tropes that activate the notion of the ‘vernacular’. By discussing a range of visual and performative genres from paintings, graphic art, photographs and films, the panel wishes to consider questions of the official, the hegemonic, the dominant, as well as those of the partisan, the subversive or the marginal. Some of the questions that will be discussed are: Is the vernacular the material, the frame/optic or the narrative? Can it be both hegemonic and counter-hegemonic agency? How does the vernacular speak to the politics of authenticity, of identity and constituencies? How can the vernacular be positioned in cultural productions in a globalizing world, both in its capacity to disrupt or reorganize historical understanding? The panel invites papers that think about the modes in which politicality can be projected, retrieved or reinstated through markers of partisan art, normative and counter-normative principles, alternative aesthetic strategies and locations of otherness. Papers exploring dialogues between visual cultures of the global, the national and the local are welcome.