The Fascist Control Over Public Images

Mon Nov. 14, 2011 3:30- 5:00pm Cohen Lounge, Dickson Hall

In Fascist Italy, photography became a basic instrument for building political consensus. Photo agencies, developing and diffusing apparently neutral images, implemented a rigid control of the “official” face of Italy through the evocation of the past and the idea of a very stable and codified social life. However, the avant-gardes movements (Soviet Constructivism, the Bauhaus) had opened up international spaces of research within the visual arts that continued to have an impact during the Fascist period and after WWII.

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