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Colouring the CaribbeanRace and the Art of Agostino Brunias$
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Mia L. Bagneris

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781526120458

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526120458.001.0001

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Can you find the white woman in this picture? Brunias’s ‘ladies’ of ambiguous race

Can you find the white woman in this picture? Brunias’s ‘ladies’ of ambiguous race

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(p.182) 4 Can you find the white woman in this picture? Brunias’s ‘ladies’ of ambiguous race
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Colouring the Caribbean
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Mia L. Bagneris

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526120458.003.0005

Taking a more theoretical approach, this chapter explores Brunias’s depiction of racially ambiguous bodies. It offers an in-depth investigation of the ways in which the subtext of the artist’s work subtly undermined the fixed racial categories. Presaging constructionist theories of racial identity, these works point to the dilemmas of visualising ‘race’ in the Anglo-American world, gesturing toward ‘race’ as a category inextricably rooted in visual knowledge yet incapable of being sustained by it.

Keywords:   Race, Racial identity, Constructivism, whiteness

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