Constructs of race are the result of colonial enterprises and thought. Since the Spanish and Portuguese invasion of what we now call ‘Latin America,’ class, social economy, and cultural habits became important factors to categorize social groups into different ‘races.’
The museum is an essential space within historiographical discourses because it facilitates, in part, the ways we collectively remember our pasts and the ways in which we create and curate our own histories.
The ongoing debate about cultural appropriation is more relevant now than ever. Not infrequently, the fashion system exploits the cultural elements of racialized groups of people under the pretense of an innocent “inspiration.”