Mar 25: International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Today is the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. The 2019 theme is “Remember Slavery: The Power of the Arts for Justice”

Since the time of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, the arts have been used to confront slavery, empower enslaved communities and honour those who made freedom possible. They have also been vital tools in commemorating past struggles, highlighting ongoing injustices and celebrating the achievements of people of African descent. The 2019 theme therefore draws attention to the many examples of artistic expression – including memorials, music, dance and architecture – that have helped us to remember the history and consequences of the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

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Art we love:

Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, “De las dos aguas (Between Two Waters, 2007)”

 

Renée Stout, “House of Ghede” [Detail] (2013)
Kenyatta C. Hinkle, Tituba Becomes the Night [Detail], 2014
Jeannette Ehlers, Whip It Good, New Orleans, 2018

 

 

 

BLOGROLL: Hopkinson on Sugar, Caribbean Slavery and Kara Walker’s Subtlety

In an excerpt from her new book, Natalie Hopkinson explores histories of gendered violence in Caribbean and Atlantic wide histories of slavery, sugar through Kara Walker’s Subtlety:

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BLOGROLL/RESOURCE: Handler and Tuite on Louisiana Native Guards Photo Falsification

Jerome S. Handler and Michael L. Tuite, Jr. describe the fraudulent identification of a Civil War photograph of United States Colored Troops as members of the Confederate army’s First Louisiana Native Guard:

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DIGITAL/SOURCE: Katz and Nyong’o Exhibit on Mary Jones and Print Culture | Outhistory

Jonathan Ned Katz and Tavia Nyong’o analyze the print material generated by the case of Mary Jones/Peter Sewally:

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BLOGROLL: Katz on Mary Jones, Gender, Slavery, and TransHistory | OutHistory

Jonathan Ned Katz analyzes the case of Mary Jones/Peter Sewally a sex worker of African descent arrested in 1830s New York:

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BLOGROLL: Cotard and Dubois Create Comic on Haitian Revolution

Shared on Repeating Islands from a tweet by Kaiama L. Glover:

This item, posted by Kaiama L. Glover on Twitter yesterday (mèsi anpil!), comes in just in time for our discussion of Alejo Carpentier’s El reino de este mundo [The Kingdom of This World] this week. A brief historical-comic by Rocky Cotard and Laurent DuboisThe Slave Revolution That Gave Birth to Haiti. This item was produced and posted by The Nib, which specializes in “political satire, journalism and non-fiction comics on what is going down in the world…”

Read the comic here: https://thenib.com/haitian-revolution

Sample images:

DIGITAL: Digital Aponte – Writing, Painting, and Making Freedom in the African Diaspora

Ada Ferrer, Linda Rodriguez launch Digital Aponte:

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