Recent changes in the world have been undeniably profound, shifting mindsets, economies, and behaviors. In such periods of uncertainty, perhaps it is wise to focus on what we do know: the power of creativity and the strength of collective action.

In this second issue of Afterimage's Volume 47, we explore several such individual and communal efforts documented just pre-pandemic. What this coverage and these works show is ongoing, longstanding attention to global issues, and commitments to problem solving and collaboration. The contributions to this issue position contemporary visual culture within larger trends and histories, exploring both making and the making of meaning—and all resonate with the shared situation we found ourselves in as this issue was being compiled.

Marc Herbst reports on acts of political becoming within the framework of Jonas Staal and Florian Malzacher's Training for the Future, which focuses on political and social critique. Andrea Liss shares...

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