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After the pictorial turn it is not surprising that political messages are more and more often presented in a visual form. We have been familiar with the representational power of political imagery since back in the renaissance – but today images do not necessarily mean paintings, but can refer to newer and newer manifestations: photographs, posters, selfies, logos, memes etc. Thanks to the internet and social media images can reach the masses in less than a second, thus, their potential for mobilizing people is incomparably bigger than that of a painting or a photograph in a printed newspaper. Today, the battle between great ideas is not only fought via texts or speeches on TV screens, the radio, or at lectures or public debates, but also through real and virtual images, or, through so called imagetexts. This paper tackles the image politics of the Romanian post-2016 anti-government popular resistance through some typical cases of imagetext: hashtags, symbols, videomapping, posters and some cases of visible space-occupation. These examples can present the anonymous (in some cases professional) artistic creativity, which helps the formation of a social solidarity and crystallizes the message of the resistance. The visual politics of resistance, easily observable at marches, strikes or demonstrations enforces solidarity through aesthetic pleasure.

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Gizela Horvath 1611
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