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    Swollen detail, or what a vessel might give: Agostino Brunias and the visual and material culture of colonial Dominica

    Thomas, Sarah and Eaton, N. (2021) Swollen detail, or what a vessel might give: Agostino Brunias and the visual and material culture of colonial Dominica. Atlantic Studies , ISSN 1478-8810.

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    Abstract

    This essay asks how colonial visual imagery might be interrogated alongside material culture in order to recover some knowledge of the quotidian lives of the enslaved. It encourages viewing that focuses on the material traces hitherto neglected by scholars: vessels for carrying fresh water. If archaeologists have focused on the tangible remains of pots, we suggest ways in which artistic representation might also offer into everyday living. Detail has become a recurrent theme in Art History precisely because it offers a methodology which allows the humble things of the everyday to become the focus of attention. Here we explore attention to detail as a way of thinking anew about colonial visual culture, focussing on the work of professional artist Agostino Brunias, a long-term resident of Dominica.

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    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis, available online at the link above.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Agostino Brunias, enslaved life, Dominica, vessel, gourd, colonial material culture, colonial Caribbean visual culture
    School: School of Arts > History of Art
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 17 May 2021 14:06
    Last Modified: 10 Jun 2021 13:16
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/44337

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