Brian Banton

Hybrid Mythologies:An Investigation of Mixed-Race Representation
Through Body-Type

image of letterforms constructed by wires in geometric shapes in display cases

David Scadding, Supervisor

This thesis investigates the representation of racial hybridity and other manifestations of hybridity, in representational forms such as print advertising and film in non-fiction, fiction and mythology in order to understand how the concept is constructed and deployed in contemporary society. The resulting theoretical and historical investigation is used to inform the production of a visual artifact that consists of three typefaces, each presented in the context of a presentation piece i.e. book or video. The production of the artifact incorporates a range of materials and processes including static two-dimensional, three-dimensional and timebase video objects. The final artifact reflects three sentiments that dominate the representation of racial hybridity: fear, hope and confusion. This thesis functions to open up further debate about the nature and representation of identity. It also offers a model by which designers can engage with complex theoretical and social idea in order to inform their creative production.

Oleg Portnoy

Engaging Stereotypes Through Graphic Commentary

image of a poster constructed with many headshots arranged to create an image

David Scadding, Supervisor
Jan Hadlaw, Advisor

My project explores the potential for using graphic commentary to explore, critique and challenge essentialist and stereotypical representations of Jewish Israeli identities found in contemporary political cartoons. The thesis support paper will examine the historic development ofthese political cartoons, concentrating on the shifts in rhetorical and representational strategies in the context of changing political, social and economic situations following the establishment ofthe State of Israel in 1948 leading up to our present time. I will address the capabilities of current mass media and the implications for the dissemination and proliferation ofJewish and Israeli identity representation in the contemporary public, cultural sphere. By posting my own graphic commentary online my thesis project seeks to challenge homogenous and essentialist representations by exploring and presenting alternative perspectives on Jewish and Israeli identity

Yeunsil Lee

The VIisualization of Pro-American Discourse in South Korean Elementary School Textbooks From 1951 to 1955

Jan Hadlaw, Supervisor
Angela Iarocci, Advisor

This study investigates how images in government sanctioned sixth and fifth grade social studies textbook between 1951 and 1955 portrayed Korea, the United States, the United Kingdom, the Soviet Union, and Japan. My findings reveal the images reflect pro- American ideology that served the political goals of South Korean government and the aspirations of the United States to create a new pro-democratic and pro-capitalist Korean society. My book project demonstrates and visualizes how complex social issues were represented and argues for the importance of "reading" images so as to reveal the way in which myth functions to make ideology appear as an obvious and commonsense understanding. The purpose of my study is to help educators reflect on images in pedagogical text so as to make conscious and critical choices about the textbooks they use by understanding the significant role representation plays in how children's "image" of the world is shaped.