Visual Regimes of Mobility. Photographic Exhibitions on Refugees during the Financial Crisis in Greece. By P. TOPALI

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Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Visual Regimes of Mobility. Photographic Exhibitions on Refugees during the Financial Crisis in Greece. By P. TOPALI

Cite as: Topali, P., 2020, "Visual Regimes of Mobility Photographic Exhibitions on Refugees during the Financial Crisis in Greece". Visual Anthropology Review, 36(2), pp.319-342.

This article explores how photographic images of refugees in modern Greece condition national imagination and con- struct new ethnopolitical moral fantasies. It also examines how repetitive images of suffering in photographic exhibi- tions become constitutive of a new regime of mobility in the country during the financial and refugee crisis. I argue that refugees’ images articulate kinship and gender norms, national archetypes, ethnic hierarchies, and ideas of mobil- ity and rootedness. They bind together northern European landscapes and resistant Mediterranean subjects and weave new and old visualities into a single mobility aes- thetic that reinvents national memory and initiates new po- litical moralities.

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