Black Protest on the Streets: Visual Activism and the Aesthetic Politics of Black Lives Matter

Nicole Anna Schneider


In this article I am reading the visual protest practices of the Black Lives Matter movement as aesthetic and artistic actions which redistribute the sensible, presenting the legacy of slavery and the consciousness of being in the wake. By looking at representations of the movement in press photographs, I am trying to establish the movement’s iconography of protest and the visual strategies employed therein.  


Aesthetics; Black Lives Matter; Visual Activism; Distribution of the Sensible; Being Human as Praxis; Visual Culture Studies

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