Carnival Against Capitalism
Global days of action and photographs of resistance
in Photography and social movements
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Carnival Against Capital (J 18) were mounted on numerous Global Days of Action in the late 1990s, signalling the emergence of a movement against neoliberal globalisation and for global justice. This chapter examines the photographic documents of the Carnival Against Capital party available on the website of Reclaim the Streets (RTS) offering an analysis of the recurrent themes. It also examines photography's role in the production of an alternative narrative of protest to the one constructed by the mainstream mass media. RTS actions were a cluster of innovative practices and elements found in earlier collective attempts at social transformation. Most importantly, the online photographic archive resists the conventions of photographic reportage, attempting to accommodate diverse practices that would 'preserve' the memory of the RTS actions. The RTS website contributes to the collective struggles against capitalism by preserving the memories of protest as a joyful collective process.

Photography and social movements

From the globalisation of the movement (1968) to the movement against globalisation (2001)


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