REPORT: Black Portraiture[s]: The Black body in the west (Paris)

Photo by Terrence Jennings

 A month ago the highly anticipated conference Black Portraiture[s]: The Black body in the west was held in Paris, France on 17–20 January 2013.  "A conference for the history books," wrote Michelle Joan Wilkinson in ARC Magazine.

"What does it feel like to be part of a critical mass, finally? It feels like a swelling in your limbs and mind, pride swelling up in your heart, and your people swelling, swirling with you—there is someone at your back, on lookout, and your posse is circling round ready for whatever. This was the feeling last month in Paris as a critical mass of artists, scholars, curators, writers, thinkers, and doers gathered for Black Portraiture[s]: The Black Body in the West, the fifth in a series of conferences organized by New York University and Harvard University. In three non-stop days of presentations, international attendees traversed Paris’s Left Bank to conference sites at École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, University Paris Diderot-Paris 7, and the musée du quai Branly. A fourth day at the museum featured film screenings. By all accounts, Black Portraiture[s] was a conference for the history books."

Read the full report at  the Caribbean art magazine ARC


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