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Work: Visual Politics

In Joanna Choukeir on June 10, 2009 at 9:05 am

Visual Politics started in 2007 as Joanna Choukeir’s Master of Arts thesis and project at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, and is now published by Naji Zahar on ////o/, an online resource documenting writings, artworks and projects on Lebanon. Visual Politics can be visited here.


Visual politics is a project addressed to scholars and professionals in the fields of visual communication, visual sociology, and social and political science. It is composed of 2 volumes:

Volume 1: A thesis presenting a transferable methodology for analysing contemporary socio-political graphics in a specific society, over a specific period of time.


Volume 2: An archive documenting the collection of graphics used in the case study for the development of the methodology in Volume 1. This collection corresponds to socio-political graphics produced in Lebanon between January 2005 and September 2007. The archive can be browsed using three analytical tools: Display, Search and Mapping. Every tool is supported by clear user guidance instructions.





Volumes 1 and 2 go hand-in hand. Volume 1 presents the guidelines necessary for extracting information from the archive in Volume 2, and Volume 2 exemplifies the guidelines proposed in Volume 1. A call for submissions of visuals will be relaunched on the 17th of July, to build upon the collection in Volume 2 and create an ongoing open archive of Lebanese socio-political graphics.

Visual Politics is the first initiative to document contemporary socio-political graphics in Lebanon, in real time. This is very essential in a country such as Lebanon, where individuals do not need to be politicians or sociologists to have a socio-political statement, and do not need to be designers to produce visuals about these statements. This is the notion of personal politics. It highly influences the visual communications of designers, non-designers, politicians and sociologists, who in turn use the visual work to influence the personal politics of their receptive audiences. What Visual Politics does is, on one hand, document this ongoing visual conversation, and on the other hand, offer an interactive platform of tools that help researchers understand the value and impact of graphics as a medium through which social and political life occurs. In a wider context, Visual Politics proposes a transferable analytical methodology that can be adapted and adopted for archives of socio-political graphics from different societies.


Biography: Joanna Choukeir

In Joanna Choukeir on June 9, 2009 at 7:44 pm


Joanna Choukeir was born in Lebanon in 1982 in the middle of the Civil War. She lived most of her childhood in Lebanon, and at the end of the war, moved with her family to Washington D.C.

Back to Lebanon, Joanna completed her Secondary Education in Experimental Sciences at Saint Joseph School and her BA in Graphic Design at Notre Dame University, during the relatively peaceful gap of 1996 to 2004. For three years following graduation, she founded :. there for design …, a freelance design studio, was employed in the design department of Mediapak at Indevco Group, and witnessed the Second Lebanon War in 2006. Gradually, Joanna developed an interest in researching about the conflict in Lebanon through two areas that she had acquired most experience in: Communication design and socio-politics.

In 2007, she moved to London and completed her MA in Graphic Design with distinction, at the University of the Arts London. Her MA thesis and project, Visual Politics, developed a transferable methodology for analysing socio-political graphics using a case-study survey of contemporary graphics produced in Lebanon between 2005 and 2007.

Moving on to PhD, Joanna is currently developing communication design methods for integrating youth groups from different social groups in Lebanon. Progress on her PhD research can be visited here. She is also working as lead designer with Uscreates, a social and collaborative design company in London. She finds this an enriching balance between theory and practice in the same field of study.