Week 4, Task 4B: Image selection


The Cheif. Fosso, Samuel. The one who sold Africa to the colonists. 1997. Photograph. Web. 13 April 2016.

This image (page 60) explores how gender, race, look age is imposed on our bodies from the outside. In this image, Fosso visualised how his body is “Africanized’ and ‘racialized’ (Mirzeoff, Nicholas. 60) The concern of this artist is he feels as if he is fixed to this identity, (even though the image if identity is changing very much) because of how his identity is portrayed on the outside “a visual analysis rather than a scientific deduction” (Mirzeoff, Nicholas. 59) and so in this image he has surrounded himself with things relating to the African lifestyle, calling himself “the chief who sold Africa to the colonists.”


Vogue. Madonna. Strike A Pose. 1990. Music Video. Web. 13 April 2016.

This image is talked about in pages 58-59. This pose called ‘Voguing’ represents when a dancer is looking in the mirror and then holds that (non-existent) mirror up to the opponent to show them how deficient they are by comparison (Mirzeoff, Nicholas 58.) This pose is was most commonly used in drag performances- know as queer voguing. This was frowned upon by the general public until the early 1990’s when Madonna released her hit single ‘Vouge’ and the catch phrase “Strike a pose” where she did the queer vogue glaze. this brought the ballroom subculture and the possibilities of performing yourself to public attention (Mirzeoff, Nicholas 59) which then this ‘queer voguing’ ballroom technique became more accepted in general society and changed the identity of it, as it was a scientific deduction, rather than just a visual analysis (which it was before)


2015 Oscar Awards. Ellen DeGeneres. If only Bradley’s arm was longer, Best photo ever, . 2016. Photograph. Web. 14 April 2016.

This image is known as the most popular selfie in all of history with over 3.3 Million retweets on Twitter, taken at the 2015 Oscars this selfie contains many celebrities that attended the awards. This is said to be when the era of the selfie boomed as people became more accepted of the fact that selfies, like art, are a snapshot of history and therefore the idea of taking selfies of yourself to document stages of life has grown incredibly. However, there are some people that don’t necessarily agree with this changing imagination of identity. “Maybe the connotation of selfie should be selfish: self-absorbed, narcissistic, the centre of our own universe, a hall of mirrors in which each reflection is our own.” (Clark, Roy Peter 64)

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Vincent van Gogh. 1889. Painting, Oil on canvas. Web. 14 April 2016

Vincent van Gogh painted over 30 self-portraits between the years 1886 and 1889. His collection of self-portraits places him among the most prolific self-portraitists of all time. Van Gogh used portrait painting as a method of introspection, a method to make money and a method of developing his skills as an artist. (The Van Gogh Gallery. 15 January 2013. Templeton Reid, LLC. Web. 14 April 2016)


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