Chapter 4 Digital Artivism in Movement: The 2019 Lebanese Uprising’s Art on Instagram

In: The Global Politics of Artistic Engagement
Rayane al-Rammal
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This chapter addresses the two aspects of production and circulation of the digital artivistic (activist-artistic) modes of expression on Instagram that were instigated and inspired by the recent Lebanese uprising (October 2019–) and the events following it. I investigate the modes of production of these artivistic works and the battles they wage against the regime. I inquire into the various counter-hegemonic visions that artivists hold, and how they struggle to advance their aesthetic project amidst the multiplicity of conflicting narratives of the uprising. After philosopher Chantal Mouffe, I look at these artivistic works as agonistic interventions in the online public space on Instagram, where many conflicting narratives of the uprising coexist aesthetically without any final reconciliation. I then look at the way in which this agonistic dimension gets compromised in some curating practices online when a curator seeks one consensual narrative of the uprising by excluding other ones.

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