Feb 11th ? Diasporas Announcements Check Learn@UW for images Human Rights Week at Union Quote We take home and language for granted; they become nature and their underlying assumptions recede into dogma and orthodoxy. (If we take these things for granted, then we simplify these words and they loose their full meaning. Try to think of them as concepts that are up to interpretation). The exile knows that in a secular and contingent world, homes are always provisional. Borders (try to think of these as conceptual borders that are in our minds that entrap how we think. The only way we can think about side of these borders to ab) and barriers, which enclose us within the safety of familiar territory, can also become prisons, and are often defended beyond reason or necessity. Exiles cross borders, break barriers of thought and experience. Edward Said (She uses his work to start off her article, and then rejects it) Anticolonialism more radical than postcolonialism. Traditionally it is the political struggle between the colonizer and the native peoples that centers on resistance. Carrie Mae Weems ?Hot Spot in a Corrupt World?. In photograph a Hot Spot is a error from overexposure that is not desirable. In politics, a hot spot is a place of unrest. How can we apply the idea of anticoloniasm to this photograph? The ?imperial powers? of America and Europe are barely visible on this globe. South America and Africa are given dominance in this view. The Atlantic Ocean is the center of the picture; rather than being centered on a landmass. There is no ?origin? located on this globe, no home is identified, and so there is no sense of identity. Hooks ? we think of bonds between people in terms of emotion rather than race or origin (or logic). Post Identitarian Affiliation We associate identity with race, ethnicity, language, etc She says we should go beyond this, and find a different way to bond with people. We can do this by producing and finding commonalities (which implies movement and search). Diaspora Comes from the Greek, ?to disperse?. Refers to the voluntary or forced movement from people from a homeland. They are displaced. Hooks says that we could focus our attention more on the travel and journey than on the homeland or the colony. Her new vision is that Diaspora is the ?longing? Subjugated Knowledges Ways of knowing that go beyond reason. An emotional landscape. Carrie Mae Weems, Sea Islands series In the photographs of the Sea Islands we have no key or lexicon to guide us through the pictures. We are intimately placed within the landscape. She is asking us to go beyond race, however we know that this image is about black identity. We know that we should see black identity in this photograph, but there are no cues that we would understand. We are therefore unable to anchor ourselves in the photo. What are we suppose to understand from this photograph, and what do we need to understand it? The first thing that we see is nature, which is something that connects all of us (coming from nature) There is an object in the middle that appears to be handmade. Which shows the interaction/touch of human logic while also presenting us with a barrier that blocks us from continuing. The barrier also has transparency, but the woods beyond the barrier is fuzzy. No direction is given (like paths in traditional landscapes). You have to choose between left or right, you can?t just keep plunging ahead in a forward direction. The barrier (a net) is both specific to the crafts of the people in the Sea Islands, but it is also a generic item that all people are familiar with. Carrie Mae Weems, Elmina Cape Coast Ile de Goree from The Slave Coast Series Also a black and white photograph (dualistic). The title of the picture refers to a very specific time and place ? the coast before going to a colonized land. It was a trading post in Africa that was constructed by the Portuguese. One of the first permanent slave factories (slaves captured in Africa would be brought to these places) 30,000 slaves a year passed through this outpost. Speaks of a homeland and homecoming that must be searched for, while also taking about loss and abandonment. There is a yearning to return to a mythical home that represents freedom, but there is an oppressiveness and reality that also associated with that home.
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