Black Necropolitics
 
necropolitics = an extension of Michel Foucault's concept of biopower (a term used to describe the use of social and political power to control people's lives), necropolitics is a term coined by Achille Mbembe in a 2003 essay and 2019 book of the same name entailing "the subjugation of life to the power of death" in which "weapons are deployed in the interest of maximum destruction of persons and the creation of death-worlds, new and unique forms of social existence in which vast populations are subjugated to conditions of life conferring upon them the status of living-dead.
 
We will take time on Thursday, December 3 to comple course evaluations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Renee Cox, It Shall Be Named, 1992. Mahogany framed silver gelatin prints.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andres Serrano, Nomads (Rene), 1990. Cibachrome print.
Andres Serrano, Nomads (Sir Leonard), 1990. Cibachrome print.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andres Serrano, Piss Christ, 1987. Cibachrome print.
Andres Serrano with damaged Piss Christ, no date.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andres Serrano, Imperial Wizard, 1990.
Andres Serrano, Klansman (Great Titan of the Invisible Empire IV), 1990.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carrie Mae Weems, Untitled (Kitchen Table Series), 1990.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Renee Cox, Yo Mama, 1992.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Renee Cox, Yo Mamma's Last Supper, 1978.

 

Provoked former NY Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani to call for "decency standards" for artworks at publicly funded museums

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chris Ofili, The Holy Virgin Mary, 1996.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chris Ofili, Shit Head, 1993.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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