Seeing Blackness: Found footage and the archive as modes of investigation in the hanging of Marie-Josèphe Angélique.

In this paper, I explore the mechanics, codes, and metaphors of whiteness in visual culture. I used the the hanging in 1734 of the black slave Marie-Josèphe Angélique in Montreal as a case study for investigating racial regimes of representation and how media culture intertwines nationalistic rhetoric with statehood and belonging. The hanging of Marie-Josèphe Angélique is a story deeply marked by racial conflict and rooted in trauma, posing uncomfortable questions about cultural annihilation and deliberate disappearance in the collective memory.

AM Journal of Art and Media Studies
No.15/April 2018

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