Terra Foundation-supported Events

CANCELED: Dialogue: “Regarding Black Modern Subjectivities”

In this conversation, Dr. Sarah Fila-Bakabadio and Dr. Amy M. Mooney will discuss how photography contributed to the formation of black modern subjectivity and consider the vital role that black photography played in creating racial consciousness and fighting against discrimination.

Dr. Mooney will share new research from “Say It with Pictures: Chicago’s African American Photographers 1890–1930,” a digital humanities project that she launched in collaboration with photo-historian Dr. Deborah Willis. Drawing its title from a 1933 publication that sought to counter the omission of African American contributions to the Chicago World’s Fair, the photographs of “Say It with Pictures” detail the cultural and economic achievements made by black Chicagoans.

Dr. Fila-Bakabadio will expand the discussion with a case study of the black cosmetics market boom in the early twentieth century. She will consider the role played by images of black bodies in these advertisements and how they forged positive representations of blackness that still impact women in the black Atlantic.


  • Sarah Fila-Bakabadio, Associate Professor, CY Cergy Paris Université
  • Amy Mooney, Associate Professor, Columbia College Chicago and Terra Foundation Visiting Professor of American Art, University of Oxford

This event is free and open to the public. It will be held in English. Please RSVP to: [email protected]