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Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. DPReview Digital Photography. East Dane Designer Men's Fashion. But I am speaking as an American artist, more particularly, though certainly not exclusively far from it, I would say , as an African American artist living and making work in Germany. Soon after moving to Berlin, I made an appointment with a dentist recommended by a friend, just a consultation, to check out whether it might be a match.
While I was waiting in the examining room, I noticed several shelves holding small figures. I walked over to them and, yet again, astonishment. When the dentist entered the room, he smiled warmly at me, put out his hand to shake mine, and sat down. He asked me if I had any questions about his philosophy of treatment, whether I was having any specific problems, or any other questions.
He looked puzzled. I pointed to the darkies. The puzzled look remained fixed.
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I have a long-time patient, who is also a friend, and he brings me these little dolls back from all over the world. Not today. I became obsessed with collecting the numerous versions of black figures that decorate the tissue paper wrappers found on many fruits in the obst und gemuese laeden. It took me a while to realize that the first ones I encountered were not anomalies.
Sometimes I would buy the fruit in order to get the paper wrappers, but often I simply removed them, leaving the fruit behind.
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Thin but pretty durable, when they are scrunched up, they are practically invisible in your hand, and I have easily acquired wrappers from italy, spain, france, Portugal, and Turkey. As you can see from the examples that are going around, some of the wrappers feature a reference either to fruit itself or a name, perhaps of the grower or importer.
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But on one is the depiction of a donkey, and on another of a black woman. Something that intrigues me is that some of the wrappers are decorated with faux gold, reminiscent of the pages illuminated manuscripts from the Middle Ages. A corollary to the fruit wrappers is an experience I had numerous times when I first moved to Germany. I lived in Leipzig from to And what I am about to share with you only occurred during the first year or so of that period. What would happen is this: I would be grocery shopping. Standing in the produce department, the fruit section.
Unfortunately, my German was not fluent enough at that point to respond as I would have liked: Tut mir wirklich leid, aber mangos wachsen nicht in Detroit. But perhaps I did these women a disservice. Perhaps I had been denying my innate ability to discern mango ripeness.
So, I did a little research on mangos.
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Their preferred climate is classified as Tropical-Monsoonal. I can happily report that Southeastern Michigan, where I was born and grew up, has a Humid continental climate. And while both climates are Sticky, as it were, one is basically a mango-free zone, at least in terms of cultivation. What this fruity story demonstrates to me is that a body considered out of place continues to be stuck with what is assumed to be knowledge acquired in the place where one is presumed to belong. I began this part of my talk with the phrase hypervisibility and excess, the name Janet Jackson, the term mammy, and issues of black versus white femininity.
So let me talk a bit more along those lines. And Professor Haselstein might want to comment on how the concept has been analyzed as part of the Languages of Emotions project at the FU.
Here we have, from , an election campaign poster from the Green Party in Kaarst, a town in Nordrhein-Westfalen. Other major parties are described as red, yellow and, of course, green.
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I mean, where do I even begin with this one? At the very least, in terms of same-sex partnerships, this is a kind of be careful what you wish for kind of thing. But at the same time, I give props to that same German state for giving us the choice. Our Eingetragene Lebenspartnerschaft provides some very tangible benefits for us as a bi-national couple. Back to butts. The most obvious historical reference conjured in this image is the so-called Hottentot Venus, Saartje Baartman.
Her life is arguably one of the most egregious examples of the use and abuse of the black female body, both while she was alive, and perhaps even more so after she died. Melissa V.
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Harris-Perry, in her Sister Citizen. Shame, Stereotypes and Black Women in America. Frances White. Doubleday, ; p. Such beliefs and attitudes held by prominent public figures such as Jefferson and Agassiz were not, for all their being scientifically suspect, were also not simply harmless opinions. Depictions of black women as promiscuous, easy, and sexually aggressive were instrumental in forming the criteria of who and who was not allowed to assume full citizenship, with all of its privileges and responsibilities.
It was through the social and political organizing of these groups that black women members fought against the stereotypes that were keystones in the founding of the American nation. Desirous of full citizenship, the strategy adopted by these upstanding club women was a determined respectability; but although they were exercising power, it was a power in which they exerted a strict control over their own public behaviour, and spread the word that theirs were the standards to which all black women, regardless of class, should hold themselves and strive to meet.
Besides, once you parted the lace curtains of those true women, you were witness to the endless labor they performed in all but the most wealthy households. And virtually all black women were already doing that. In any event, these clubs exerted a kind of moral pressure, not just on their own members, but on women who were lower on the socioeconomic and class scale, whose deportment, or lack thereof, many club women thought gave the race a bad name.
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Support from these influential clubs was often premised on the requirement that recipients accept and emulate middle class values, aspirations, and assumptions. Carla Williams, an African American photographer, writer, and curator notes what many of us who grew up in black communities are intimately familiar with when it comes to the fact of our black and female bodies. Some Black women artists and performers have looked into the eye of that history and not only stared back, but claimed the image they saw reflected there as the starting point for their own restructuring, reinventing, and just plain messing with what that image represents.
Jennifer C. What can be lost in the vigilance with which one might critique the bad that been done us, are the rights that black women have to our own bodies, or flesh, as Fleetwood would have it. These are the rights to not only acquire but to maintain, control, not to mention derive pleasure from our own sexuality. The problem of course is that the arena into which such images are thrown is, for the most part, lacking in both historical knowledge and equal access rights for the black bodies it deploys.
A curator recently asked me if living in Berlin, living in Germany had changed my work, and if so, how.
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