Decentering the Gaze at French Colonial Exhibitions

Catherine Hodeir

in Images and Empires

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780520229488
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927292 | DOI:
Decentering the Gaze at French Colonial Exhibitions

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This chapter examines French colonial and ethnographic exhibitions about Africa. It describes the May 1931 Exposition colonial internationale in Paris and suggests that it was apt expression for the representation of Africa and Africans that European national and universal exhibitions promulgated in the late nineteenth century. It also discusses the four distinct roles that were ascribed to Africans on display at the 1889 Paris Universal Exhibition.

Keywords: colonial exhibitions; ethnographic exhibitions; Africa; Paris; Africans

Chapter.  8016 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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