Author Archives: Sharon Sliwinski

About Sharon Sliwinski

Assistant professor of visual culture in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies and the Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism at Western University in Canada. She is author of Human Rights in Camera (Chicago, 2011), which considers the aesthetic dimensions of human rights discourse. She is currently working on a book about the social and political significance of dream-life, tentatively titled Dream Matters.

Evocative Objects: A Sexual Violence Primer

In her 2007 collection of essays Evocative Objects: Things We Think With, Sherry Turkle asked her contributors to explore their emotional and intellectual connections with everyday objects. According to the introduction, her book seeks to clarify “the inseparability of thought and feeling in our relationship to things.”1 The various chapters dwell on each of the authors’ felt relationship with the given object—a discarded pair of shoes, a beloved toy, a favorite car. The overall emphasis lies less on the instrumental power of each object than Continue reading → Continue reading →

The Storyteller: Observations on Murtada Bulbul’s “Swineherders”

This review engages Murtada Bulbul’s series of photographs of Bangladeshi swine herders (published in this issue), casting the photographer’s treatment as that of a storyteller. On one hand, this treatment suggests the importance of visual-cultural forms for the very legibility of human rights. On the other hand, Bulbul’s pictures can teach us something about what it means to live a “bare life,” that is, to live at the edges of the human community.