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Rebel Lives, Photographs from inside the Lord’s Resistance Army

Rebel Lives, Photographs from inside the Lord’s Resistance Army
Speaker: Kristof Titeca # University of Antwerp
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23rd Sep 2020 16:00 - 23rd Sep 2020 17:30
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Why and how do rebels take photographs, and which functions do photos serve within a rebel movement? This project is based on photographs taken by commanders from Joseph Kony’s Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) between 2001 and 2004,  which I have been collecting over a number of years. Based on fieldwork among the (surviving) portrayed rebels which were traced and identified, this presentation will deal with issues of representation and functionality of these photos within the LRA. The project therefore is not only a visual record of the everydayness of living in a violent rebel movement, but also allows to reflect on broader issues: one the one hand, these photographs allow individual rebels to (self) represent themselves in ways which are not different from non-militarized environments - emphasising issues such as masculinity or femininity, and so on. On the other hand, these photographs are not only a form representation, but also reflect and entrench wider power structures within the LRA. Lastly, this presentation is part of an ongoing exploration of how to represent these images in museum- and policy-contexts.

Kristof Titeca is an associate professor at the Institute of Development Policy, University of Antwerp. He works on conflict and governance in Uganda and the DR Congo. His latest books are ‘Negotiating Public Service in the Congo’ (edited with Tom De Herdt) and ‘Rebel Lives’ (Hannibal Press). 

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