Visual Cultures of Political Violence

RAF, NSU and IS are acronyms of terrorist groups whose extremist propaganda and political violence challenge the visual arts to react decisively. The exhibition therefore opens up a highly topical artistic perspective on the history and political iconography of modern terrorism. For the first time, three sections comparatively examine the effects of social revolutionary, far-right, and jihadist terrorism on visual culture. Twenty years after September 11, 2001, and ten years after the discovery of the NSU in the fall of 2011, the exhibition and publication together explore the question of how acts of political violence affect cultural memory through the media.

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November 2021

ISBN 978-3-7356-0806-2

17 × 24 cm

336 pages

93 colored and 72 b/w illustrations


Languages: German, English

Sebastian Baden, Larissa Diana Fuhrmann, Johan Holten with assistance by Katharina Jörder, Kunsthalle Mannheim

Text by
Sebastian Baden, Robert Dörre, Larissa D. Fuhrmann, Sebastian Gräfe, Christoph Günther, Daniel Hornuff, Katharina Jörder, Maryam Kirchmann, Charlotte Klonk, Farhad Khosrokhavar, W.J.T. Mitchell, Simone Pfeifer, Sylvia Schraut, Verena Straub

Design by
Jonathan Blaschke, Bruno Jacoby with the collaboration of Anton Stuckhardt, Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung HfG Karlsruhe

MINDBOMBS – Visuelle Kulturen politischer Gewalt / Visual Cultures of Political Violence Kunsthalle Mannheim, 10.09.2021-24.04.2022