AM Journal of Art and Media Studies

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 study case 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.

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