Envisioning a "Whitened" Brazil: Photography and Slavery at the World's Fairs, 1862-1889

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Between 1862 and 1889, the Brazilian elite perceived international exhibitions
as an opportunity to promote and project an idealized image of the
“modern nation”. By displaying commodities and agricultural products, as well
as some manufactured artifacts, Brazil sought to attract foreign investment
and immigrants. However, in contrast to its Spanish American competitors
at the world’s fairs, many of Brazil’s exhibits derived from slave labor. To
downplay this unpleasant reality before a critical international audience, the
exhibition organizers used the “objective” medium of photography to depict
their country as overwhelmingly European, focusing on the gradual process
of “whitening” through immigration. In addition, a few carefully selected
photographs of black people aimed to corroborate the “benevolent” nature
of the Brazilian slavery system.
Idioma originalInglés estadounidense
Páginas (desde-hasta)17 - 41
Número de páginas25
PublicaciónEstudios interdisciplinarios de America Latina y el Caribe
EstadoPublicada - 2015

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