Defacing power

Thu 1 Nov 2018, 13:30 - 14:30

The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG

Event ended

Defacing power: Mockery and subversion in the Middle East and North Africa
Mocking the powerful has a long pedigree in the Middle East and North Africa. The advent of mass images, photographic reproduction and the internet has created a rich field for political comment but also carries with it very real dangers for some of the artists and caricaturists. Charles Tripp examines how power has been caricatured throughout the region’s history, with a focus on modern and contemporary politics. He will investigate what the image and the framing of the image tells us about the location of political power and the nature of political struggle and assess what effect humour has in challenging the status quo.

Professor Charles Tripp FBA
, Professor of Politics, SOAS Univeristy of London

Organised in partnership with the British Museum as part of its ‘I object’ exhibition.

Further information about the British Museum's exhibition can be found at

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