Against “Special Operation” Images. Responding to the situation in Ukraine, this issue of Rosa Mercedes is dedicated to critical visual diagnoses and the diagnostic critique of visuality in the immediacy of war. Feel encouraged to submit proposals (email@example.com)!
The problem boils down to knowing how to inscribe oneself into a critical position that is likely to help one maintain a distanced relationship with these images. By DORK ZABUNYANMay 26th, 2023 — Rosa Mercedes / 05
Today, the “operational image” of the smart bomb and the drone robot has been joined and partly replaced by a wide array of image and text operations, which are constantly blurring the lines between old school propaganda, visual war reporting, citizen online journalism, open source image forensics and investigative aesthetics. By TOM HOLERTMay 21st, 2023 — Rosa Mercedes / 05
A conversation on INTRODUCTION TO THE END OF AN ARGUMENT: (INTIFADA) SPEAKING FOR ONESELF…SPEAKING FOR OTHERS… by Jayce Salloum and Elia Suleiman in 1990 that took place two months after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. There, similar essentializations, demonizing or belittling Ukrainians and denying the historical legitimacy of the Ukrainian state, justify the “special operation” that this outright imperialist war has been cloaked as. By ALAA MANSOUR and PHILIP WIDMANNJanuary 17th, 2023 — Rosa Mercedes / 05
We live with, through and by stories. We make stories alive, and they keep us alive, it's a two-way process. By MARICHKA LUKIANCHUKApril 14th, 2022 — Rosa Mercedes / 05
The Ukraine war is now the third major crisis in a sequence (after the so-called refugee crisis and the pandemic) that seems to come out of nowhere. But it doesn’t come out of nowhere, any more than the other two. By MARK TERKESSIDISApril 5th, 2022 — Rosa Mercedes / 05
In the attempt to contribute to the distribution of information on organizations, initiatives, and networks of support and aid, this list of links may complement already existing repositories; it will be augmented continuously from now on.March 13th, 2022 — Rosa Mercedes / 05