Diagrams of Power

Visualizing, Mapping, and Performing Resistance


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We draw diagrams to help us think, communicate and put forth what we think is important or what we want to be true. While some diagrams are seen as statements of fact, they can also further agendas by discounting other realities beneath a cloak of perceived objectivity. Diagrams of power work against representations that claim omniscience by speaking from a position, and making visible what and who gets represented and who does the representing. They also make us consider how we create and maintain relations between producers and receivers of particular forms of knowledge.

Diagrams of Power: Visualizing, Mapping, and Performing Resistance, brings together the work of designers, artists, cartographers, geographers, researchers and activists who create diagrams to tell inconvenient stories that upset and resist the status quo.


Edited by Patricio Dávila. Words and works by Joshua Akers, Burak Arikan, Josh Begley, Joseph Beuys, Alexis Bhagat, Vincent Brown, Bureau d’Études, Teddy Cruz, Department of Unusual Certainties, Peter Hall, Alex Hill, W.E.B. DuBois, Patricio Dávila, Catherine D’Ignazio, Forensic Architecture, Fonna Forman, Terra Graziani, Iconoclasistas, Lucas LaRochelle, Eliana MacDonald, Julie Mehretu, Lize Mogel, Ogimaa Mikana, Margaret Pearce, Laura Poitras, Philippe Rekacewicz, Sheila Sampath, and Visualizing Impact. 


  • Typesoftcover
  • Dimensions170 x 240 mm /6.75” x 9.5” inches (portrait)
  • Pages312
  • ISBN978-90-833501-9-6
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Release date20230206
  • Bindingsewn and glued
  • PaperSerixo 90 grams (inside) and 300 grams (cover)
  • Edition1.000
  • Color4/4
  • PrinterPrinton, Tallin (Est.)
  • FontSuisse Works, Atlas Grotesk, Garamond Premier Pro
  • Image specs58 images black / white, 382 in Full color
  • Detailsblack foil details on the cover