PAI graphic column

The Political & Philosophical Arts Initiative invites aspiring artists to shares her/his artistic view on politics and philosophy with PAI through graphics: photographs, drawings, collages, etc. These graphic columns will appear on a regular basis on this site and the imag-e-nation blog.
Near the end of the academic year PAI organises an exhibition off all the graphic columns posted throughout the year.

PAI is exited and honoured to have Roxane van Beek as its first Graphic Columnist. We trust you will enjoy her contributions to the PAI agenda this academic year!

Roxane van Beek

graphic columnist 2012 - 2013

Roxane is a student of graphic design and illustration who studied Japanese, with a great interest in art history; gender and sexuality; consumer society; Fan Culture and Cute Culture. Her challenge is to understand all the rules, and then try to break them. She wants interaction with lots of different people. New voices will bring her new ideas.
Roxane has traveled a lot but a walk to the supermarket makes her just as nervous as a flight to Tokyo.


more of Roxane's work can be found here: http://cargocollective.com/roxane

13 - July 2013
"Wow! Congratulations! Let's go for a drink"
On 21 July 2013 voters in Japan handed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a resounding victory in Japan’s general election, ending a gridlocked parliament and giving him one of the strongest political mandates for a Japanese leader in years.

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12 - June 2013
Prostitutes and Policy
'Homosexual propaganda' is the term the Russian government used recently to refer to any printed matter or media that they considered gay-related. In an attempt to gain in influence by appealing to conservatives, LGBT 'propaganda' was banned. This idea of the LGBT community as a kind of dark regime, spreading its tempting propaganda to lure in innocents, made me wonder what actual 'homosexual propaganda' might look like: politically correct, critical propaganda...?

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11 - May 2013
Prostitutes and Policy
We generally feel protected and respected by our political systems and our voices within them. These systems should not be liable to discrimination or lapse in judgment the way individual people can be – but, being governed by people, this is still often the case. One example of this is the way policy on prostitution is decided: based on the legislators' ideas about sexual morality, with little regard for the quality of life of the prostitutes involved.
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10 - April 2013
Questions about Some Women's Bodies trilogy - part 3 The Dragonslayer
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0.9 - April 2013
Questions about Some Women's Bodies trilogy - part 2 Our Saints
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0.8 - March 2013
Questions about Some Women's Bodies trilogy - part 1 The Sphinx
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0.7 - February 2013
Hunger is a Two-sided Sword of Gold
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0.6 - January 2013
America only needs Two Parties: the Right One and the Wrong One
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0.5 - January 2013
Put up Your Hands for the Men with the Guns
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0.4 - December 2012
Guns make Kids Targets
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0.3 - November 2012
A tally of 162 faces for 162 deaths in Gaza
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about the image
"No one seems to know the precise death count for sure. When someone said “one hundred and sixty-two” it was a precise number, so I stuck to that for this drawing. This is because the news is the worst when they say how many people were killed and they only need three seconds to say it.

A small drawing of a human face doesn't say very much about a human life. Each face required individual attention and consideration. This took several hours, rather than several seconds. Now their imagined faces take up space for them to be considered people again."
Roxane van Beek - PAI Graphic Columnist
November 2012
0.2 - November 2012
Elections 2012
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0.1 - October 2012
No Man is An Island
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about the image
" I wanted to make an image that was warm and approachable, about community. This is because people get treated like political beings when they become refugees. They are defined in society by their displacement and rather than being treated as a person, they are treated as a glitch of the system that needs to be fixed. So when I depict a few refugee men having a chat while one gets his hair cut, they are not political, they no longer seem to be refugees. They are just people.

But their displacement still rules their lives - they are actually living in half-open tents on a grassy field in front of the Central Station of The Hague. "
Roxane van Beek - PAI Graphic Columnist
October 2012



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