Tag Archives: Colonialism

1838: Matua Tawai

Alexandre Pierre Marie Dumoutier: plaster cast of Matua Tawai, a New Zealander of Ikanamawi (1838) Moulage sur nature became a powerful freezing and fixation tool used to document a natural and even human hic et nunc status. In the great … Continue reading

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1972: Boycott Gulf

An anti-colonialist poster from the early 1970’s produced by the Pan-African Liberation Committee in Brookline, Massachusetts: “There are but two sides in a war—she fights on the side of African freedom – Gulf finances the other.” At the time, Angola … Continue reading

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1671: The Latest and Most Accurate

John Ogilby: America- Being the Latest, and Most Accurate Description of the New World (1671); the book is an English translation of Arnold Montanus’s De Nieuwe en Onbekende Weereld. The title of this plate is “Viztlipuztli idolum Mexicanorum” —The Mexicans’ … Continue reading

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1531: Codex

The Huexotzinco Codex is an eight-sheet document on amatl, a pre-European paper made in Mesoamerica. It is part of the testimony in a legal case against representatives of the colonial government in Mexico, ten years after the Spanish conquest in … Continue reading

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1825: Vale of Honey

The most contentious aspect of [the mid-19th-century British project to survey Ireland, 1825–46] is the way in which place names were anglicized, replaced by English alternatives or simply mis-recorded….Irish names were altered…mostly through the processes of “dictation” in which a … Continue reading

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2014: A Moroccan Man (1913)

Senegalese artist Omar Victor Diop stages his self-portraits as historical photographs—complete with “original” dates. The photo above, for example, is titled A Moroccan man (1913); the one to the left is Dom Nicolau (Circa. 1830–1860). Both are from his 2014 … Continue reading

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1819: Kahikona arrives in Hawai’i

Beginning in the early part of the last millennium, Polynesians explored 16 million square miles of ocean by canoe, navigating by the stars, sun, clouds, ocean swells, and currents; they settled on every habitable island in the Pacific and likely … Continue reading

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