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Iconoclash: A Post-Secular Reading of Naro Pinosa's Instagram Collages

Laweh, Julia (2018) Iconoclash: A Post-Secular Reading of Naro Pinosa's Instagram Collages. Masters thesis, OCAD University.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Laweh, Julia

This criticism thesis responds to the absence of post-secular art critical discourse that would set the foundation for a critical discussion about the proliferation of imagery that desecrates Christian symbols on image-based social media by undertaking a case study of the Instagram celebrity artist Naro Pinosa, who uses the medium of digital photo-montaging to produce iconographically-defaced collages that reference Christian imagery. A close reading of eight key images by Pinosa offers a post-secular interpretation of these works. The author draws on Stuart Hall's encoding/decoding model to take up the position of a decoder whose beliefs and values place them in a critical relation to the dominant code of Instagram as a secular social media platform. Through this positionality, the author argues for a reading against the grain of what appears to be anti-Christian imagery.

Date: April 2018
Uncontrolled Keywords: iconoclash, Instagram, Naro Pinosa, Christian Art, Contemporary Christian Art, Digital Christian Art, Instagram Christian Art
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Criticism and Curatorial Practice
Date Deposited: 14 May 2018 15:33
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2021 22:30
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/2343

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