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From European painting to Black Panther: a razor-sharp analysis of representation of Black people in art.
When Esi Edugyan visits different museums in Europe, she walks through different rooms full of admiration. Only portraiture from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries gives her an uneasy feeling. Over time, she understands why: a Black person is always depicted in the margins. As an enslaved, servant or maidservant, but rarely as an ordinary person.
History is a construct, in which it has been chosen to focus on the stories of certain people. But why do we sideline some stories and mythologize others? What social and political views determine our memories? How are Black stories and Black history depicted in art? Edugyan explores painting, film, literature and her own experiences. What happens if you highlight the stories in the margins?
Binding method: Paperback
Release date: May 2022
Number of pages: 224 pages
Dimensions: 14.2 x 20 x 21.6 cm