Creole In The Archive: Imagery, Presence And The Location Of The Caribbean Figure by Roshini KempadooCreole In The Archive: Imagery, Presence And The Location Of The Caribbean Figure by Roshini Kempadoo

Creole In The Archive: Imagery, Presence And The Location Of The Caribbean Figure

byRoshini Kempadoo

Paperback | October 24, 2016

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The image of the Caribbean figure has been reconfigured by photography from the mid-19th century onwards. Initial images associated with the slave and indentured worker from the locations and legacies associated with plantation economies have been usurped by visual representations emerging from struggles for social, political and cultural autonomy. Contemporary visual artists engaging with the Caribbean as a 21st century globalised space have focused on visually re-imagining historical material and events as memories, histories and dreamscapes. Creole in the Archive uses photographic analysis to explore portraits, postcards and social documentation of the colonial worker between 1850 and 1960 and contemporary, often digital, visual art by post-independent, postcolonial Caribbean artists. Drawing on Derridean ideas of the archive, the book reconceptualises the Caribbean visual archive as contiguous and relational. It argues that using a creolising archive practice, the conjuncture of contemporary artworks, historical imagery and associated locations can develop insightful new multimodal representations of Caribbean subjectivities.
Roshini Kempadoo is a scholar, photographer and media artist at the School of Media, Arts and Design at the University of Westminster, London.
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Title:Creole In The Archive: Imagery, Presence And The Location Of The Caribbean FigureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:270 pages, 9.05 × 5.91 × 0.77 inPublished:October 24, 2016Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield InternationalLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1783482214

ISBN - 13:9781783482214

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Notebook of a Return / 1. Creolising Archives: A Relational and Contiguous Practice / 2. Caribbean Spaces: Seeing Her Presence, Exploring Her Past / 3. Controlling Her Image / 4. 'See We Here': Determining the Caribbean Self / 5. Visualising Change / Conclusion: Endnote / Index

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Creole in the Archive persuasively traces the role of the archive in construing and constructing images of colonial spaces across history, while simultaneously identifying the archive itself as a temporally and spatially creole construct. Offering a nuanced analysis of the 'archive', this book takes us beyond the hegemonic readings that typically dominate material-cultural discussions of the archive. Richly informed by Kempadoo's own experiences as a researcher and an artist, Creole in the Archive will provide fertile ground for reflection within both the academy and the creative industries.