[237120, A2] Wk 4: Task 4B – Image Selection Blog Task

As previously mentioned in Blog Task 3F of week 4, I would like to work with the satirical political cartoon by the David Low, entitled after its caption, “What, no chair for me?”

 

David Low 'What, no chair for me'

“What, no chair for me?” Political Cartoon by David Low, from the Granger Historical Picture Archives ( Published 1938)

 

   The visual text is relevant to my chapter ‘The World of War’ from the book How to See the World by Nicholas Mirzoeff in that it portrays the conflicting world views during the interwar period. Mirzoeff makes reference to the interwar period as being one in which mapping technologies were developed and the political map rearranged to look more closely like that of today. This visual text allows me to make reference to the interwar period case study, while analysing the dominant (victor) worldview in comparison to the non-dominant (defeated) worldview.

Another case study I want to discuss from ‘The World of War’ is that of the Scramble for Africa and colonisation after the Berlin West Africa Conference (1884). I wanted to focus on the colonisation of the Congo by King Leopold of Belgium, to discuss the Eurocentric worldview of the 19th century versus the silenced African peoples at the time.

 

Punch Magazine- In The Rubber Coils

“In the Rubber Coils” Political cartoon by Linley Sambourne, published in Punch Magazine (1906)

 

This dynamic is excellently portrayed in this satirical cartoon which featured in Punch Magazine in 1906, when the Congo was ceded to the Belgian government. It will allow me to relate history to contemporary issues, which Mirzoeff discusses in How to See the World.

My final visual text of interest is one Mirzoeff refers to directly within ‘The World of War’, again in reference to the case study of the scramble for Africa: ‘The Scramble for Africa’ by Yinka Shonibare MBE.

 

Scramble for Africa (2003)- Yinka Shonibare

Installation: “Scramble for Africa” (2003) by Yinka Shonibare MBE

 

I feel it is importance to link non-dominant and dominant worldviews in history to contemporary socio-political issues, as the artist and Mirzoeff do. This will allow me to discuss post-colonial worldviews challenging the Eurocentric dominant worldview.

Works Cited:

 

  • Mirzoeff, Nicholas. “The World of War.” How to See the World. United Kingdom: Penguin Random House, 2015. 101-127. Print.

 

 

  • Shonibare, Yinka. Scramble for Africa. The Pinell Collection, Dallas, Texas. Installation.

 

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