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Series: The Visual Arts of Africa and its Diasporas
Published: 01 September 2023
DOI: 10.1215/9781478027164-003
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2716-4
... This chapter explores images taken by James Van Der Zee during the summer of 1924, when he served as the official photographer for Marcus Garvey, the Pan-African leader of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA). It considers the format, arrangement, and circulation of Van Der Zee's...
Book Chapter

By Kobena Mercer
Published: 29 April 2016
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7451-0
... African photographers appropriation portraiture self-representation stylization ...
Published: 29 April 2016
DOI: 10.1215/9780822374510-011
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7451-0
... or “in-between” space. Artists such as Ingrid Pollard acknowledge the uncanny intimacy of archival materials that evoke a sense of familiarity, even though African photographs from the 1930s to the 1960s had never been widely seen in the West or exhibited as art before the 1990s. African photographers...
Published: 29 April 2016
DOI: 10.1215/9780822374510-010
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7451-0
... context as a liminal or “in-between” space. Artists such as Ingrid Pollard acknowledge the uncanny intimacy of archival materials that evoke a sense of familiarity, even though African photographs from the 1930s to the 1960s had never been widely seen in the West or exhibited as art before the 1990s...
Published: 09 February 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375982-001
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7598-2
... The introduction examines contemporary cultural formation in the African diaspora. It argues that through the transnational circulation of photographic technologies, African diasporic urban communities learn to see and assign value to the spectacle of being seen and photographed...
Series: The Visual Arts of Africa and its Diasporas
Published: 01 September 2023
DOI: 10.1215/9781478027164-001
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2716-4
.... With such nimble movement in mind, the introduction outlines how the book traces the arc of Van Der Zee's work chronologically to illuminate how the multifaceted uses and registers of photography reveal the quotidian as a central idiom of African diasporic photographic practice. nimble quotidian African...
Published: 29 April 2016
DOI: 10.1215/9780822374510-012
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7451-0
... under which photographers operated, with Anglophone commentary that foregrounds the way African self-representations “answer back” to colonial discourse, yet tends toward an auteurist model that ignores the indeterminacy whereby the photographic image gets opened to multiple appropriations once...
Published: 23 February 2024
DOI: 10.1215/9781478059257-002
EISBN: 978-1-4780-5925-7
... that enslavement remained the dominant social association of visibly Black peoples in urban centers. Enslaved African domestics served as the face of enslaving families in public spaces. In turn, enslaving households wielded photographs and portraits to further intertwine their images together. This chapter...
Published: 17 March 2017
DOI: 10.1215/9780822373582-003
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7358-2
... of rural Africans in the Eastern Cape with early twentieth-century studio portraits of African Christians in South African urban centers. These images visualize a tense grammar of colonization and black self-fashioning, and the tense relations of photographic subjects to the ethnographic gazes engendered...
Published: 09 February 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375982-004
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7598-2
... in these entrances through the effect of light, flash, generated through photography. One famed prom entrance dating from 2004 featured a young woman who orchestrated faux paparazzi to line the red carpet for the event. She did not hire the photographers to produce photographs (and in fact she did not retain...
Series: Visual Arts of Africa and its Diasporas
Published: 01 March 2024
DOI: 10.1215/9781478059165-014
EISBN: 978-1-4780-5916-5
..., which has been seen in over a dozen different cities since it was conceived in 2008. Curated from the extensive holdings of contemporary art owned by the Rubell family, the show includes works by thirty-one African American artists, who explore contemporary social issues, modes of making, and personal...
Published: 23 February 2024
DOI: 10.1215/9781478059257-005
EISBN: 978-1-4780-5925-7
... Chapter 3 showcases a case study that links the lives of dying eunuchs at the royal court to the rise of minstrelsy performances within a generation. Naser ed-Din Shah (r. 1848–96) began to memorialize court eunuchs through photography and memoirs, most of whom were of African ancestry who were...
Published: 09 February 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375982-002
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7598-2
... This chapter analyzes street photography, one of the most popular contemporary photographic portrait forms across black urban communities in the United States and Jamaica. In street photography clients pose for Polaroids or digital pictures before makeshift hand-painted photographic backdrops...
Published: 17 March 2017
DOI: 10.1215/9780822373582-004
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7358-2
...-twentieth-century mug shots of African American Freedom Riders in the US South, it analyzes the sonic frequency of images. It defines the haptic as multiple forms of touch, which create alternative modalities for understanding the archival temporalities of images: the grammar of the archive. What is crucial...
Published: 08 March 2024
EISBN: 978-1-4780-5915-8
...Communities This chapter examines the interconnected history of Japanese, Japanese American, and African American communities in Southern California. Doing so illustrates the dialectic between international relations and local communities, demonstrates how immigration from Asia played...
Published: 09 February 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375982-005
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7598-2
... This chapter considers work by artists who explore the nexus between urban popular photographic practices and visual constructions of prestige and personhood in the history of art. It analyzes Kehinde Wiley’s paintings and Black Light (2010) photographic series, which foreground issues of black...
Series: Visual Arts of Africa and its Diasporas
Published: 01 March 2024
DOI: 10.1215/9781478059165-007
EISBN: 978-1-4780-5916-5
...Modern Blackness As a well-educated, middle-class African American woman, sculptor May Howard Jackson's (1877–1931) career was affected by racism and sexism at every turn. The social and class-based aspects of her larger artistic practice, which was formed in an era when a “New Negro...
Series: Visual Arts of Africa and its Diasporas
Published: 01 March 2024
DOI: 10.1215/9781478059165-019
EISBN: 978-1-4780-5916-5
... for images that foreground aesthetics associated with the Black underclass made by Black artists; the potential for exploitative representations of models drawn from adjacent class positions and geographically distant locations on the African continent and in the diaspora; and the challenges of generational...
Series: Visual Arts of Africa and its Diasporas
Published: 01 March 2024
DOI: 10.1215/9781478059165-012
EISBN: 978-1-4780-5916-5
.... The phenomenological aspects of Chase-Riboud's visual art have long resisted the formula that scholars often rely on to discuss the work of similar artists (e.g., African American, or female, or both), giving the artist an exceptional place among modern abstract sculptors of the past half century. monuments...
Series: The Visual Arts of Africa and its Diasporas
Published: 01 September 2023
DOI: 10.1215/9781478027164-006
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2716-4
... The concluding coda engages three interconnected projects from circa 1994: the essay collection Picturing Us: African American Identity in Photography, edited by Deborah Willis; VanDerZee, Photographer, 1886–1983, a major exhibition of James Van Der Zee's work at the National Portrait Gallery...