Race and the Afterlife of Slavery in Cuba
Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston presents Race and the Afterlife of Slavery in Cuba February 20 at 6 p.m. Dr. Matthew Pettway will explore how nearly 400 years of Spanish colonialism and African enslavement invented the myth of white supremacy and nurtured the creation of another fiction — black inhumanity. The talk will examine how to define the power of anti-racist thinking and look toward the philosophical contributions of the formerly enslaved (and their descendants) in an effort to build a society based on democratic praxis. This event is presented in conjunction with Roberto Diago: La Historia Recordada, on view January 19 – March 3. Born in 1971 in Havana, Diago’s work is often a direct criticism of racism in Cuba and explores the roots and role of slavery in Cuban history and culture. Free.