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IRAAS Conversations | Visualizing Black Lives: Ownership and Control in Afro Brazillian Media

April 11, 2022
6:30 PM
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Reighan Gillam, University of Southern California
Racquel Gates, Columbia University

The Center for Ethnicity & Race at Columbia University
Institute for Comparative Literature & Society at Columbia University

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A new generation of Afro-Brazilian media producers have emerged to challenge a mainstream that frequently excludes them. Reighan Gillam delves into the dynamic alternative media landscape developed by Afro-Brazilians in the twenty-first century. With works that confront racism and focus on Black characters, these artists and the visual media they create identify, challenge, or break with entrenched racist practices, ideologies, and structures. Gillam looks at a cross-section of media to show the ways Afro-Brazilians assert control over various means of representation in order to present a complex Black humanity. These images--so at odds with the mainstream--contribute to an anti-racist visual politics fighting to change how Brazilian media depicts Black people while highlighting the importance of media in the movement for Black inclusion. An eye-opening union of analysis and fieldwork, Visualizing Black Lives examines the alternative and activist Black media and the people creating it in today's Brazil.

 Speaker Bios

Reighan Gillam is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Southern California. Her first book, Visualizing Black Lives: Ownership and Control in Afro-Brazilian Media examines how Afro-Brazilians foment anti-racism through media production. Her second project examines how Afro-Brazilians draw upon African American people, performances, and ideas to call into question ideas of Brazilian racial exceptionalism.

Racquel Gates is an Associate Professor of Film and Media at Columbia University. Her research focuses on blackness and popular culture, with special attention to discourses of taste and quality. She is the author of Double Negative: The Black Image and Popular Culture (Duke, 2018), and is currently working on her second book, titled Hollywood Style and the Invention of Blackness. In 2020, she was named an Academy Film Scholar by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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