Am I still not a man and a brother?: protest memory in contemporary antislavery visual culture

Trodd, Zoe (2013) Am I still not a man and a brother?: protest memory in contemporary antislavery visual culture. Slavery and Abolition, 34 (2). pp. 338-352. ISSN 1743-9523

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Abstract

This article examines the visual culture of the twenty-first century antislavery movement,

arguing that it adapts four main icons of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century abolitionism

for its contemporary campaigns against global slavery and human trafficking: the ‘Am I

Not a Man and a Brother’ icon, the diagram of the ‘Brookes’ slave ship, the ‘Scourged

Back’ photograph and the auction-block detail from the Liberator masthead. Finding

some of the same limitations of paternalism, dehumanisation and sensationalism as

dominated much of the first antislavery movement’s visual culture, the article nonetheless

identifies a liberatory aesthetic and a protest memory in the antislavery imagery of several

contemporary artists, including Charles Campbell and Romuald Hazoume`.

Item Type: Article
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Arts > School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies > Department of American and Canadian Studies
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/0144039X.2013.791172
Depositing User: de Sousa, Mrs Shona
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2014 09:59
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2016 22:36
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/2986

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