Revealing embedded power: Collage and disruption of meaning




Analogue processes, Body as archive, Collage, Image and power, Practice methodology


Analogue materials and collage are fundamental to my research and practice. They assist in examining and peeling off layers embedded within the printed image. The human body represents power, and an image featuring a privileged male body is a representation of that power (Brauer and Callen, 2008). Photographs and visual presentations of these bodies are bound by codes set by a culture in a certain space and time. These codes have limitations, and at the same time possibilities, manufactured by media and technology within which they function and refer. New presentations are effectually re-presentations, partially echoing previous utterances of power (Barthes, 1977). As a result, the image of a body becomes an archive, a discursive document covered in layers, and the analysis of that image lays bare its textuality, and collage helps investigate this multi-layered corporeal object— a palimpsestuous weaving of ocular representation through discourse, culture, and technology, to reveal its meanings and semiotic signs. This way, collage becomes an appropriate practice method to disentangle and highlight, and at the same time to manipulate and disrupt— an effective methodology to peel and strip the embedded meanings and significations within an image


Não há dados estatísticos.

Biografia do Autor

George Hajian, Auckland University of Technology

Dr. George Hajian is an artist and a graphic designer. His practice is situated between Fine Arts, Graphic Design, and Cultural Studies. He has been a design practitioner for more than 20 years and created work for many corporate, government, and non-government organisations in New Zealand and abroad.
George's main area of research focuses on the concept of masculine embodiment and its relationship with globalisation, technology, and popular culture. Using complex analogue methods, he brings together screen-printing, mark-making, and collage, to create a diverse body of works.


Barthes, R. (1977). Image, Music, Text. Hill and Wang.

Benjamin, W. (2005). Walter Benjamin: Selected Writings, Volume 2: Part 2 (M. W. Jennings, H. Eiland, & G. Smith, Eds.). Belknap Press.

Brauer, F., & Callen, A. (Eds.). (2008). Art, sex and eugenics: corpus delecti. Ashgate.

Cooley, C. H. (1983). Human nature and the social order. Transaction Books.

Craig, B. (2008). Collage: assembling contemporary art. Black Dog Publishing.

Foucault, M. (1977). Language, counter-memory, practice: selected essays and interviews. Cornell University Press.

Holdcroft, D. (1991). Saussure: signs, system, and arbitrariness. Cambridge University Press.

Jeppesen, T. (2008). Disorientations: art on the margins of the “contemporary.” Social Disease.

Laclau, E., & Mouffe, C. (1985). Hegemony and socialist strategy: towards a radical democratic politics. Verso.

Kotik, C. 1978). Jiří Kolář: transformations : with an essay. Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

Kristeva, J. (1969). Séméiotike: Recherches pour une sémanalyse. Editions du Seuil.

MacKenzie, C. (2000). Imagining oneself otherwise. In C. Mackenzie & N. Stoljar (Eds.), Relational autonomy: Feminist perspectives on autonomy, agency, and the social self (pp. 124–150). New York: Oxford University Press.

Maxwell, A. (2008). Picture Imperfect: Photography and Eugenics, 1879-1940. Sussex Academic Press.

Merleau-Ponty, M. (2002). Phenomenology of Perception. Psychology Press.

Mulvey, L. (1975). Visual pleasure and narrative cinema. Screen, 16(3), 6–18.

O’Reilly, S. (2008). Collage: Diversions, contradictions and anomalies, in Craig, B. (2008). Collage: assembling contemporary art. Black Dog Publishing.

Potocka, M. A. (Ed.). (2012). Jiří Kolář: kolaż z łasiczką = Collage with an ermine. Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow.

Schwitters, K. (2021). Myself and my aims : Writings on art and criticism. University of Chicago Press.

Taylor, B. (1986). Collage: the making of modern art. Thames & Hudson.

Waldman, D. (1992). Collage, assemblage, and the found object. HNAbrams.



Como Citar

HAJIAN, G. . Revealing embedded power: Collage and disruption of meaning. Revista GEMInIS, [S. l.], v. 13, n. 2, p. 94_104, 2022. DOI: 10.53450/2179-1465.RG.2022v13i2p94-104. Disponível em: Acesso em: 26 maio. 2024.



LINK2022 Coletânea: A Pesquisa Practice-led em Comunicação e Design