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


  • Nicole Anna Schneider Catholic University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt



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


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.  

Author Biography

Nicole Anna Schneider, Catholic University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt

Nicole Schneider is research assistant in the American Studies department at the Catholic University Eichstätt-Ingolstadt. Her PhD-thesis focuses on the interrelations and democratic-participatory dimensions of visual and virtual activism, and press photography in the Black Lives Matter movement. She has recently co-organized both the 2016 conference of the German Society for Contemporary Theatre and Drama in English, entitled “Theater and Mobility” and the international workshop “A Mobile World Literature and the Return of Place: New Diasporic Writing Beyond the Black Atlantic.” She is recipient of the 2017 BAA-Fellowship at the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition at Yale University.




How to Cite

Schneider, Nicole Anna. “Black Protest on the Streets: Visual Activism and the Aesthetic Politics of Black Lives Matter”. Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies, vol. 18, no. 1, July 2017, doi:10.5283/copas.276.