The Exposition Coloniale 1931 offered Parisians the opportunity to come tour and experience the world, in particular France’s colonial holdings, in a day. They were invited to take part in their government’s production of the colonial program and in a way, put on the proverbial hat of colonizer. This project looks at representations via postcards and other officially sanctioned images of colonized people displayed at this exposition, and the ways in which mass produced paraphernalia and souvenirs portrayed Black women as opposed to more candid photographs from a collection at Le Bibliotheque Nationale de France. This project’s aim is to demonstrate the disconnect between propaganda produced at and for the exposition and France’s reality in the early twentieth century in which social, political, and economic strife are a familiar part of life. It is also to illuminate the way that images of Black women’s bodies were used and manipulated to misrepresent reality and promote racial and colonial ideologies.
|Commitee:||Cali, Elizabeth, Cheeseboro, Anthony|
|School:||Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||MAI 55/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Colonial Exposition, Colonialism, France, Paris, Women|
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