Facing Blackness Collection

Identifier

TBAFB####

Title

Facing Blackness Collection

Description

Facing Blackness is a multimedia exhibition that takes the public through the obscure history of portraying Black people from the colonial period to contemporary society. Using unique archive material and visual art, we show how anti-black racism became part of the Dutch 'cultural archive' and our everyday ideas, customs and utensils. On the other hand, the exhibition shows how there has always been 'everyday resistance' to various forms of racism and how Black people themselves have given and continue to give meaning to their culture and identity.

Language

English

Publisher

The Black Archives

Creator

Richard Weaver, Lieke Bremer

Type

Objects, Books, Magazines, Newspapers

Date

31/03/2022

Collection Items

Zwarte Piet Doll
Small Zwarte Piet doll dressed in the traditional Zwarte Piet clothing in yellow and orange. His hands are out in a 'shrug,' and his left hand forms a point. The arms are articulated at the shoulder, but not easy to move.

Facing Blackness
Facing Blackness is a multimedia exhibition that takes the public through the obscure history of portraying Black people from the colonial period to contemporary society. Using unique archive material and visual art, we show how anti-black racism…

'Neger' Cigar Tin
Hinged metal tin used to contain around 100 cigars with wooden-style patterning and a caricature of a young Black man smoking a cigar on the top overlapped by the word "Neger", container is decorated by Art Deco bordering and font which writes…

Wooden Pipe
Wooden Pipe decorated with a carved head depicting a Black boy.

Darkie Toothpaste Box
Cardboard box. The front of the box is primarily white, with a black banner covering the top inch within which is the white text 'Darkie.' The white portion contains, below 'darkie,' the text 'tooth paste.' Below this is a cartoon bust of a black man…

'De Gruyter' Coffee Tin
Metal coffee tin containing 2x250g coffee packs with illustrated scenes of a coffee plantation showing workers collecting the coffee beans with a backdrop of a tropical colony. Borders on the top and bottom of the tin show numerous varied colour…

Banania Hot Chocolate Tin
Rectangle-topped yellow metal tin containing 1kg hot chocolate powder, illustrations of a black man, and instructions on how to use

Banania Hot Chocolate Box
Cardboard Box lined with a metal interior (500g), A Black caricature of Senegalese Infantry Man is found on the front, The Instructions on how to use the product and a history of the brand ar found on the back and sides.

Playmobil Sinterklaas Set
Playmobil children's toy set showing Sinterklaas mounted on Amerigo alongside Zwarte Piet with a bag of toys and presents. Blue box with informational instructions and drawings of the figurines.

Ca-Va Seul 'Negrita' Metal Polish
Cylindrical metal bottle of stove metal polish with a black background and red and white colouration. The manufacturer's name "Ca-Va Seul" is present with white lettering (Translation - "That Goes Without Saying") along with the word "Negrita" which…

Ca-Va Seul 'Negri' Metal Polish
Cylindrical metal bottle of stove metal polish with a green background and yellow and black colouration. The manufacturer's name "Ca-Va Seul" is present with white lettering (Translation - "That Goes Without Saying") along with the word "Negri"…

Samva Metal Polish
Cylindrical metal bottle. On the lid is stamped the word "PATENT." The bottle is wrapped in paper with a caricatured black woman holding another bottle of Samva Brut. With her other hand she points to the text along the bottom of the paper: "SAMVA…

Zwarte Piet Mug
White mug with three Zwarte Piet caricatures. From left to right, the text above the caricatures reads 'Hoge Hoogte Piet', 'Hulp Piet' and 'Coole Piet'.

Cigarros Cadena
Small box of matches emblazoned with the figure of a Black man holding a large leaf in a green (natural) background, presumably a plantation. 'Cigarros Cadena' is on the head and foot of this image.

The Palmtree Impregnated Safety Match
Small box of matches emblazoned with a Black figure in front of several palmtrees on a beach. The Black figure is holding a sickle and has a yoke across his shoulders with water jugs. The words 'The Palmtree' are in a stylised ribbon, with the text…
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