In 1669, a forgotten Dutch painter named Pieter de Wit depicted the private quarters of the Director-General of the Dutch West India Company in Africa, luxurious rooms situated on the upper floor of the slave-fort in Elmina—well above the barracoons in the dungeon. This depiction of a seventeenth-century colonial interior offers a glimpse into the early modern formation of the racialized ideology of liberal personhood, which deploys domestic space as a metaphor for the interiority of the human subject.
Center for Visual Culture Colloquium with Amy Knight Powell
Wednesday, Nov 3, 2021 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online via Zoom and Old Library.
Join us for a presentation on "A Picture of an Interior in the Slave-fort at Elmina c. 1669" by Amy Knight Powell, associate professor of art history, University of Southern California.