Drawing Repression in Corporate Capitalism

  • Jill Gibbon Leeds Beckett University
Keywords: drawing, reportage, repression, sketchbook, militarisation


This article discusses the challenges and potential of drawing as a method of political reportage. Using my experiences drawing at the arms fair Eurosatory 2022 as an example, I focus on a growing industry in ‘less lethal’ weaponry, equipment for repression. This industry is difficult to document because it is so discrete, with tear gas packaged in neat cannisters, riot gear worn by calm-faced mannequins, and sales staff politely welcoming repressive regimes. The problems are compounded by my own participation in the polite performance in order to stay in the event. I explore the potential of drawing to disrupt the marketing. 

How to Cite
Gibbon, J. (2023). Drawing Repression in Corporate Capitalism. BBDS - Black Book: Drawing and Sketching, 3(1), 54 - 63. https://doi.org/10.48619/bbds.v3i1.622