Joseph Grigely, Postcards to Sophie Calle

In response to Calle’s work, Grigely wrote a series of ‘postcards’. His work engages fully with Calle’s in a kind of monological analysis of how the work can be perceived in terms of contemporary positions Continue reading “Joseph Grigely, Postcards to Sophie Calle”

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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”