Within a decade of the 1839 invention of the daguerreotype, photography made its way into Africa. By the beginning of the 20th century, this technology had spread across the continent. While it became a primary tool for the amassing of knowledge by colonial officials, and, later by scholars from myriad disciplines, photography also became a powerful means for Africans to shape their own identities. With such understanding, this class explores the histories of African photography from the late 19th century to the present to learn what they reveal about the politics of representation in different places over time. The class will also investigate African photography as a social practice that continually defines and redefines its subjects.
Steven Nelson es professor de arte africano y afro-americano y director del Centro de Estudios Africanos de UCLA. Entre 2014 y 2015 fue Cohen Fellow en en Centro Hutchins de investigación sobre Africa y asuntos afroamericanos de la Universidad de Harvard. Sus textos sobre arte, arquitectura y urbanismo africano y de sus diásporas, historia del arte afroamericano y estudios queer han sido publicados en catalogos y antologias así como en African Arts, Architecture New York (ANY), Art Bulletin, Artforum, Art Journal, Documents, Journal of Homosexuality, Museums International, New Formations, and Politique Africaine.