This painting is part of an exhibition by Lilli Bernard which opened on Apr. 26 at MoAD. We should compare this image against Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People on Tuesday.
Here is some background to our discussion about Afrofuturism, taken from a lecture I gave a couple of years ago.
Maritime Culture, America, and the Black Atlantic
“The Oceanic Revolution”: the opening of the Western Hemisphere to exploration and colonization was a world historical event. The central figures of this revolution were sailors and the enslaved.
“The realist novel represents one of the great revolutionary cultural forms of human history. In the domain of culture, it has something like the importance of steam power or electricity in the material realm, or of democracy in in the political sphere. For art to depict the world in its everyday, unregenerate state is now so familiar that it is impossible to recapture its shattering originality when it first emerged. I doing so, art finally returned the world to the common people who had created it through their labour, and who could now contemplate their own faces in it for the first time.”
— Terry Eagleton
Neruda, Canto General: