Exhibition Concept Note
P/CVE (Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism) programmes run by various stakeholders in the country has produced sizeable number of visual, audio visual, written and tangible and intangible materials.
The range of materiality of counter-terrorism include those produced as part of counter-narrativity initiatives and counter-radicalisation as advertisements, posters and manuals, documentaries and films produced for broadcast audience to explain, critique, visualise and even provide alternative perspectives on events related to so called ‘war on terror’; commissioned or non-commissioned artistic productions that demonstrates aspects of P/CVE or its variants; and most importantly analytical research reports, policy briefs, legislative bills, strategic plans and other written literature done by select NGOs, government agencies and research think-tanks.
What fuses all these ‘things’ together is that they are a product of human creative responses to violent extremism from various perspectives and brings out aesthetical dimension of how stakeholders define, struggle, appropriate and repackage critical and often ambiguous concepts and processes at the core of P/CVE programmes.
Despite its apparent visibility of materiality of counter-terrorism over the last half decades in the country, there has been little focus on it. There is urgent research needs to examine and analyse, survey and most importantly exhibit and ignite public discourses around the question of materiality of counter-terrorism.