Art Across the African Diaspora
Edited by Celeste-Marie Bernier and Hannah Durkin
Celeste-Marie Bernier is Professor of Black Studies and Personal Chair in English Literature, University of Edinburgh.
Hannah Durkin is Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow in the Department of American and Canadian Studies, University of Nottingham.
List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Introduction: ‘Inside the Invisible’: African Diasporic Artists Visualise Transatlantic Slavery - Celeste-Marie Bernier and Hannah Durkin Part I Slavery and Memory in Contemporary African Diasporic Art 1. Lost and Found at the Swop-Meet: Betye Saar, the Everyday Object and the Work of Lubaina Himid - Lubaina Himid 2. Preserves - Debra Priestly 3. What Goes without Saying - Hank Willis Thomas 4. Spectres in the Postcolonies: Re-imagining Violence and Resistance - Roshini Kempadoo 5. Strategic Remembering and Tactical Forgetfulness in Depicting the Plantation: A Personal Account - Keith Piper Part II Historical Iconography and Visualising Transatlantic Slavery 6. The Chattel Record: Visualising the Archive in Diasporan Art - Fionnghuala Sweeney 7. Henry Box Brown, African Atlantic Artists and Radical Interventions - Alan Rice 8. Uncle Tom and the Problem of ‘Soft’ Resistance to Slavery - David Bindman 9. The After-Image: Frederick Douglass in Visual Culture - Zoe Trodd Part III African Diasporic Monuments and Memorialisation 10. Siting the Circum-Atlantic: Nelson in a Bottle in Trafalgar Square - Geoffrey Quilley 11. Art and Caribbean Slavery: Modern Visions of the 1763 Guyana Rebellion - Leon Wainwright 12. ‘The Greatest Negro Monuments on Earth’: Richmond Barthé’s Memorials to Toussaint Louverture and Jean-Jacques Dessalines - Hannah Durkin Part IV Contemporary Legacies in African Diasporic Art 13. We Might Not Be Surprised: Visualising Slavery and the Slave Ship in the Works of Charles Campbell and Mary Evans - Eddie Chambers 14. ‘X is for X Ray, X Slave, X Colony’: A ‘Lexicon of Liberation’ versus ‘My Slave History’ in the Paintings, Installations and Sketchbooks of Donald Rodney - Celeste-Marie Bernier 15. Reconfiguring African Trade Beads: The Most Beautiful, Bountiful and Marginalised Sculptural Legacy to have Survived the Middle Passage - Marcus Wood Afterword: Against the Grain: Contingency and Found Objects - Nathan Grant Notes on Contributors Index
This diverse and finely nuanced collection of essays adds significantly to debates about slavery and visual culture in the Anglophone world. By interweaving new work by the major art-historical scholars in the field with essays by artists whose work reflects upon, and draws creative power from, the trauma of slavery, this book presents a lively new conspectus of an important area of study that has come into its own in recent years. This book rightly refuses to consign slavery safely to the past, but rather insists on its ‘nonsynchronous contemporaneity’. Slavery’s presence, mediated by memory and present through its many legacies, is presented here as a key force in contemporary visual culture – and indeed in culture at large. - Professor Tim Barringer, Yale University
29 B&W illustrations and 32 colour illustrations
Publication: March 10, 2016
Series: Liverpool Studies in International Slavery