This project explores how different actors and protest movements across the Middle East and North Africa region use cameras and images as part of their wider struggles for justice; as part of their practices to record, express and enact resistance.

We advance a media practice-based approach, with ethnographic field studies, in order to learn more about the actual practices of creating and distributing contentious images within new media and political environments, and what these practices mean to people as political subjects in the region.

You’ll be able to read about our project and the different case studies we’re working on here. Also keep an eye on our blog section, we’ll be documenting our field work and research trips on there, and would love to hear your feedback! Do get in touch on resistancebyrecording@gmail.com.

Upcoming: Archiving Dissent Conference, Beirut, 2019

The ‘Archiving Dissent: Post-2011 Arab imagery, memory and vernacular representations of conflict’ conference aims at exploring the mounting challenges but also opportunities posed by the ever-expanding collections of crowdsourced digital content documenting eight years of revolution and struggles in the Arab region. It brings together academics, activists, lawyers, archivists and artists from the MENA and beyond, to map out existing documentation of the 2011 revolts in both online and offline forms, and to think critically and strategically about issues such as preservation, use, value, access, ownership and control.

Featured Case Studies

Photo: Diariocritico-de-Venezuela
Photo: Mathieu Baudier
Photo: Daniela Goulart