Slave Portraiture

Slave Portraiture


October 17, 2017

5:30 PM-6:30 PM

Michael Conforti Pavilion

Clark/Oakley Humanities Fellow Agnes Lugo-Ortiz presents, "Slave Portraiture at the Thresholds of Emancipation (A Caribbean Meditation)."

This talk will address the visualization of enslaved subjects in portraiture during the period of emancipation in the Caribbean. It will underscore the conflictive political forces, affective dynamics, and aesthetic principles at work in the composition of the images and the limits these drew for the visual configuration of black people as subjects of freedom.    

Agnes Lugo-Ortiz is associate professor of Latin American and Caribbean Literatures and Cultures at the University of Chicago. She has published on Cuban biography, the concept of the archive, and queer writing in the Caribbean. Among other works, she is the author of Identidades imaginadas: Biografía y nacionalidad en el horizonte de la guerra (Cuba, 1860-1898) and co-editor of Herencia: The Anthology of US Hispanic Writing (2001) and (with Angela Rosenthal) of Slave Portraiture in the Atlantic World (2014). At the Clark, she will advance a book project exploring the relationships between visual culture and plantation slavery in colonial Cuba.