Sophie Calle, Les Aveugles

For this project, Calle asked a number of people who had been born blind what their ‘image of beauty’ was: Continue reading “Sophie Calle, Les Aveugles”

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Sarah ‘Saartjie’ Baartman, the “Hottentot Venus”

Grigely is discussing how Western culture appropriated artifacts from the colonised world and used them as a basis for justifying the further expansion and suppression of the colonised. Here the colonised, the oppressed, is the disabled body. Continue reading “Sarah ‘Saartjie’ Baartman, the “Hottentot Venus””

Sander L. Gilman, Black Bodies, White Bodies: Toward an Iconography of Female Sexuality in Late Nineteenth-Century Art, Medicine, and Literature

Gilman’s essay points out that at the time Baartman was exhibited there were a number of conventions that were synchronic and gave rise to ideologies concerning women, blacks and sexuality. Continue reading “Sander L. Gilman, Black Bodies, White Bodies: Toward an Iconography of Female Sexuality in Late Nineteenth-Century Art, Medicine, and Literature”