Crisis Image Archives

Crisis Image Archives

Crisis Image Archives

In 2012 a team of artists and visual culture researchers sought out to document all of the visual representations of “the crisis” appearing in the last 5 years of the 300 magazines and journals archived in the Alternative Press Center in Chicago. Totaling 750 images, these illustrations and photographs compose a record of the collective visual imagination of the international political and cultural left. Frequently used graphic tropes portraying bankers, fat cats, Keynes, Marx, Obama and protesters are found alongside more surprising depictions of agony, desperation, and holistic futures.

The stakes of this project are threefold:

  1. Totalling 750 images, these illustrations and photographs compose a record of the collective visual imagination of the international political and cultural left as expressed in printmedia.
  2. The archive project challenges what is and is not indexable about visual culture, in the context of a collection and organization focusing on indexing texts of the alternative press.
  3. And finally, to instigate a conversation amongst artist and designers about representing our current economic history.

P1010153An exhibition of this project in photographs and binder archives will be on view at Art In These Times until September. For further info: dt@miscprojects.com

June 30th at 5-8pm

Opening Reception: Cultural critic Brian Holmes will provide commentary at the opening.

Sunday July 14th at 2pm

A Crisis Image poetry workshop with the Next Objectivists Poetry Workshop

Saturday August 24th at 2pm

Crisis Image Design charrette with local graphic designer on how to visually represent crisis. RSVP On Facebook

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Press: A great review by Albert Stabler in Newcity Chicago!

+ Check out our shout-out in Chicago Magazine!

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Videos from the opening (Thanks to Andrew Mausert-Mooney for the camera work)

Photos from the exhibition: