Tag Archives: Colonialism

2013: A Brief History of Architecture in Guatemala

A still from Naufus Ramirez-Figueroa’s performance piece Breve Historia de la Arquitectura en Guatemala (2013). The performers are Diego Sagastume and Jennifer De León.

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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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