Performance
Submissive to political - the place of black bodies in visual culture

Melissa Rodrigues presents the performance "Submissive to political - the place of black bodies in visual culture", to be followed by a conversation with the audience.

Rampa

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December 21, 2019

16:30
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Melissa Rodrigues, "From submissive to political - the place of black bodies in visual culture", performance at Casa da Cerca, 2019. Photograph: ©Jerónimo Negrão
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Melissa Rodrigues, "From submissive to political - the place of black bodies in visual culture", performance at Casa da Cerca, 2019. Photograph: ©Jerónimo Negrão
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Melissa Rodrigues, "From submissive to political - the place of black bodies in visual culture", performance at Casa da Cerca, 2019. Photograph: ©Jerónimo Negrão

How many black men and women are represented in advertisement, television, movies, painting, photography and even in the books that we store in our shelves? How are they represented? I search Google for "representation of a black body in visual culture". Next to images of black bodies that are enslaved, sexualised, fetishized, submissive and savage, I find fresh visual and aesthetic narratives, new discourses generated from within, by those who are often the objects of these images, aiming a deconstructing the representations made by others about their own black bodies. This is the place where I find myself, my place.

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