Political Graffiti and Global Human Rights: Take Another Look examines the role of political graffiti in the public spaces of Northern Ireland and occupied Palestine, highlighting the ways in which oppressed communities utilize this form of expression to convey resistance, foster community support, preserve the memory of armed struggle, and assert their presence. By drawing a comparative analysis between Northern Ireland and Palestine, Philip Hopper and Evan Renfro argue that while the peace process has made progress in Northern Ireland, it has not been successful in Palestine. They assert that the disparities in political graffiti between the two regions are not solely attributable to geographical, historical, and political differences, but also to the varying degrees of success in resolving long-standing conflicts and the communities' ability to remember or forget past atrocities.
In addition to exploring the themes, symbols, inspirations, and artists behind wall art, this book delves into the evolution of the meaning of political graffiti over time, and critically examines the notion of who holds the privilege of creating politically themed art deemed to be in "good taste."
Philip Hopper is associate professor in the department of communication and media at the University of Northern Iowa.
Evan Renfro is associate professor of political science at the University of Northern Iowa.
Table of Contents
List of Figures
Introduction: Creating, Looking, and Looking Again
1. The Murals of Northern Ireland: A Very Short Introduction
2. The Murals of Palestine: A Very Short Introduction
3. Prescriptions of Power
4. Intents and Effects in Belfast
5. Image, Text, and Ideology in Ramallah
6. Nakba Day: The Ephemera of Martyrdom
7. The Potency of Childhood Martyrdom
8. Campus in Camps: Redefining Long-Term Refugee Status
10. Guernica: A Symbol of Symbols
About the Authors
This book breaks new ground in understanding political graffiti in terms of art, political messaging, and human rights. The authors argue that the presence or absence of a peace process makes a difference in the form and substance of political graffiti. It is well worth reading.
In Political Graffiti and Global Human Rights: Take Another Look, Philip Hopper and Evan Renfro have produced an ambitious and insightful piece of activist driven, scholarly work. Their thoroughly researched text helps those of us interested in transnational solidarity to better understand the role that resistance graffiti and political artwork assume in contexts of conflict and post-conflict transition. The comparative framing is an innovative way of capturing how political graffiti is a complex and ever evolving artistic form demonstrating how such expressions of resistance and solidarity play a key role in local and transnational struggles.