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Tabula Rasa

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RODRIGUEZ, Beatriz. Visual assembly of black body: the case of new grenade's Corographic Commission. Tabula Rasa [online]. 2012, n.17, pp.43-61. ISSN 1794-2489.

In this paper, I show that in the age of freedom and equality statements, the ethnographic images produced by Comisión Corográfica (a major geographic project in mid-nineteenth century Colombia) promotes and provides aesthetic tools that normalize, codify, and reify racial ideologies at a time in Colombian history in which structures of domination were heavily contested. our main objective is to provide a critical reading of these images in order to account for how conventions mobilized by these visual registers established the fiction of race in nineteenth-century Colombia.

Keywords : racial discourse; representation; visual culture.

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