Making myself visible : self-portraiture and representations of blackness in the work of Donald Rodney

Correia, A 2019, 'Making myself visible : self-portraiture and representations of blackness in the work of Donald Rodney' , Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, 45 , pp. 74-86.

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Abstract

This article considers the role of self-portraiture within the work of British artist Donald Rodney (1961–98). The text investigates the ways in which Rodney used the self-portrait, not to visualize himself, but to animate issues associated with the dominant framings of black men as delinquent, sexually deviant, and a menace to society. The work of Rasheed Araeen is discussed, with particular relevance to his influential use of self-portraiture. The author also discusses mainstream media's construction of the black male deviant with respect to aspects of the newspaper coverage of the "rioting" that took place in Rodney's home town, Birmingham, in the mid-1980s.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media > Arts, Media and Communication Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISSN: 1075-7163
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Depositing User: Dr Alice Correia
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2018 08:15
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2019 09:15
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/48237

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