IF THE SHOE FITS . PALIMPSESTS AND PASTICHES OF DIASPORA Palimpsest : Faint remains of lost texts . Pastiche : Incongruous combinations from different dimensions. THE SHOE : AN INVITATION TO WALK INTO THE PICTURE. The shoe as a segue into new forms of knowledges including my own story.
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PALIMPSESTS AND PASTICHES OF DIASPORA
Palimpsest: Faint remains of lost texts.
Pastiche: Incongruous combinations from different dimensions.
The shoe as a segue into new forms of knowledges including my own story.
BUT the shoe opens these doors only if history and politics, are the frame
Bernadine Evaristo’s The Emperor’s Babe
They spoke of the great Septimus Severus,
who had gone from African boy
to Roman emperor ...
Lubaina Himid Naming the Money
My name is Kwesi
They call me Henry
Swallow Hard:The Lancaster Dinner Service 2007, Lubaina Himid.
Duval inspired Baudelaire to write a poem, which inspired Manet to produce his famous painting.
August Sander, Circus People, 1930.
Sulter produces her own counter-image:
Sulter’s poetic-story -“Blood Money” - the life of a Cameroonian young girl called Monique - “There’s no way I can make this poem rhyme”.
Esi Edugyan’s Half Blood Blues - Hitler’s thugs lump together blacks and Jews as in “‘Jewkikes!’” and “‘Niggerkikes!’”
Maud Sulter: the presence of Africa in Europe
Me: The presence of Europe in Africa
The “punctum” sabotages our expectations and creates the artistry of the entire work (Roland Barthes).
I looked again at Maud Sulter’s artwork in all its holistic magnificence& saw the miracle of her big shoeprint on the mountain – Cape Town’s Table Mountain perhaps?
Presentation and sources at:
Roland Barthes, 2000, 1980,Camera Lucida, Vintage.
EsiEdugyan, 2011, Half Blood Blues,Serpent’s Tail.
Bernadine Evaristo, 2001,The Emperor’s Babe, Penguin.
LubainaHimid, 2004, Naming the Money, Hatton Gallery, University of Newcastle upon Tyne.
LubainaHimid, 2007, Swallow Hard:The Lancaster Dinner Service
August Sander, 1930, “Circus People”, http://www.moma.org/collection/browse_results.php?criteria=O%3AAD%3AE%3A5145&page_number=31&template_id=1&sort_order=1
Maud Sulter’sDigital Image:
Maud Sulter, 1994, SYRCAS, Clwyd County Council
Maud Sulter, 2003, Jeanne Duval: A Melodrama, National Galleries of Scotland.