Judith Pernin is an independent researcher focusing on independent documentaries in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. She is the author of Pratiques indépendantes du documentaire en Chine: Histoire, esthétique et discours visuels (1990–2010) [Independent Documentary Practices in China: History, Aesthetics and Visual Discourses] (Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2015) and co-editor of Post-1990 Documentary: Reconfiguring Independence (Edinburgh University Press, 2015).

Phantom Sounds, Haunting Images

The Afterlife of Hong Kong’s Visual Protest Culture

Before the enactment of the National Security Law, recordings of and artistic productions about the 2019 prodemocracy movement were thriving on Hong Kong’s streets, university campuses, in social media, the press, and the cultural sphere at large. Now that protests have almost disappeared from public space, and symbols and slogans are criminalised, what happens to the profuse and popular visual culture generated by the protests? This essay revisits the rapidly changing landscape of the visual culture of Hong Kong protests and examines how some of its components have been affected by political developments, leading to a shift in its regime of visibility.

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