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Swati Chattopadhyay

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816679317

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816679317.001.0001

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Writing on the Walls

Writing on the Walls

(p.121) 5 Writing on the Walls
Unlearning the City

Swati Chattopadhyay

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter studies the connection between the imagination and practice of public space and the conceptions of freedom. It explains that political wall writings and political posters serve as examples of spatial imagination that link the body, city, space, and the body politic, turning on the attempt to open a space between freedom and violence. This is done by revealing the susceptibility of the walls to a different order of legibility, challenging the privileged materiality of public space aimed at aiding the spatial imagination of the state.

Keywords:   public space, freedom, political wall writings, political posters, spatial imagination, violence, legibility, materiality

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