In his article, “Necropolitics and Visuality: Remembering ‘Speculative Fictions’ in Hong Kong after Rancière and Mbembe,” Anthony Siu examines images from Defiance.Voices, a two-volume collection that gathers photography and art illustrations about the Hong Kong Protests. He studies how paintings from the second volume register politics and events, arguing that visual art can be viewed as a new form of “speculative fictions,” a material ontology that historicizes modes of sovereign violence in postcolony. The introduction situates the debate of aesthetics in Hong Kong, conjoining Rancière’s thinking on “the people” and Achille Mbembe’s philosophy on “necropolitics.” The first cluster of images looks at the polemics of visibility in tear-gas consumption. The second questions the disposable bodies and the endurance of “cruel optimism” in the younger generation. The third figures Hong Kong as the node of deadly econometrics in the Sino-American network. Despite their individual differences, “speculative fictions” in the three clusters are all entangled with the politics of economics.
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