white educators, black nannies / educadoras brancas, amas negras


Ama de leie Monica com Artur Gomes LealPunicao com palmatoria

Nineteenth-century Brazil. On his knees, the black boy prepares bravely for a harsh punishment imposed by the ‘best’ victorian education. In contrast a white boy leans tenderly over his black nanny who nursed him and cared for him never daring to use such methods on his little white master.
In putting these two photographs side by side each gains in meaning, offering insights into the power relations between black and white women and children in slave societies. An unexplored topic and something to think about.

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Brasil, século dezanove. De joelhos, o garoto negro se prepara corajosamente para um doloroso castigo infligido pela ‘melhor’ educação vitoriana. Em contraste, o garoto branco encosta-se carinhosamente a sua ama negra, que o amamentou e cuidou jamais se atrevendo a aplicar tais métodos no seu pequeno patrãozinho branco.
Ao serem colocadas lado a lado, cada uma destas imagens ganha novos significados, oferecendo reflexões sobre as relações de poder entre mulheres e crianças, negras e brancas, nas sociedades escravocratas. Um tópico ainda inexplorado e algo para pensar.

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