»Eritreja, moja dežela«
Photorteportage and positive representation of a distant other
The article analyses the representation of distant others in Eritreja photoreporatge, which ran for ten consecutive issues in Mladina magazine between August and November 1988 and is considered to be the most extensive photoreportage ever to be published in Slovene printed media. Multimodal framing analysis, complemented by semi-structured interviews with authors, is applied to examine verbal and visual strategies for construction of otherness. Eritreja’s divergence from dominant news topics on the subject (famine and war) and its positive representations of the distant other are traced to photoreportage’s resonance within domestic political agenda (Slovene struggle against Yugoslav centralisation) and Mladina’s editorial policy (advocating freedom of speech via attacks on Yugoslavia’s public taboo topics).
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