Our digital archive critically engages the afterlives of slavery and its relationship with regimes of visuality. This archive demonstrates that the visual functions not only as a site for the formation of systems of racialization and anti-blackness, but also as a means of disrupting and contesting those systems. The images and performances that constitute this archive address the mechanics and disruptions of the disciplinary gaze in slave and post-slave societies, practices of black self-fashioning, memorialization, and tactics of visual insurgency.
“A counter archive… This is a place to re‑write the past.”
— Danielle Roper, Curator
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