Open Invitation, The: Activist Video, Mexico, and the Politics of Affect [Hardback]

Freya Schiwy (Author)

ISBN: 9780822965749 | Published by: University of Pittsburgh Press | Series: Illuminations | Year of Publication: 2019 | Language: English 248p, 28 b&w interspersed

Open Invitation, The


The Open Invitation explores the relationship between prefigurative politics and activist video. Schiwy analyzes activist videos from the 2006 uprising in Oaxaca, the Zapatista’s Other Campaign, as well as collaborative and community video from the Yucatán. Schiwy argues that transnational activist videos and community videos in indigenous languages reveal collaborations and that their political impact cannot be grasped through the concept of the public sphere. Instead, she places these videos in dialogue with recent efforts to understand the political with communality, a mode of governance articulated in indigenous struggles for autonomy, and with cinematic politics of affect.

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