"Back to Back: Reading Iconographic Representations of Black People in Antiquity"
Young Academic Alumni Lecture by Sarah Derbew '09
Tea at 4:15pm
Talk at 4:30pm
Color is one tool that fifth century BCE Greek artists utilized in order to accentuate various physical features on vases. Artists also manipulated phenotypical markers, particularly lips and hair, in order to contrast different groups. Examining objects that depict black people (a descriptive term that is inevitably used transhistorically), I offer an alternate way of understanding the depictions of black people in fifth century BCE Greek art. In particular, I engage in interdisciplinary conversations with critical race theory and performance theory in order to rethink these visual depictions.