“Re-Significations: European Blackmoors, Africana Readings and More”

by NYU Florence

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May 29, 2015

ReSignifications interprets the “Blackamoor” trope in Western culture. This tradition of decorative art emerged at the intersection of cross-cultural encounters shaped by centuries of migration, exchange, conquest, servitude, and exile. ReSignifications links classical and popular representations of African bodies in European art, culture, and history. It moderates and subverts artistic conventions by using the works of contemporary artists from Africa, Europe, North and South America, and the Caribbean to engage in dialogue with the broad historical array of ornamental representations of African bodies. Part of the “Black Portraitures II: Imaging the Black Body and Re-staging Histories” conference, held in Florence, Italy, May 28-31, 2015

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