"ON REPLICATION: GLASS PAINTING AND PHOTOGRAPHY IN SENEGAL (1890-1960)"
Giulia Paoletti, University of Virginia
Part of the Silsila spring 2019 Lecture Series, Replication
In 1915, the Governor-General of French West Africa A.W. Merlaud-Ponty addressed the colonial administration regarding an unprecedented circulation of images across the Sub-Saharan region corresponding to “a new need.” In Senegal, the growing demand was for devotional portraits, and glass painting became the most popular medium used to reproduce icons of local Sufi saints. By studying the “unity as well as the distinction of image and medium” to borrow Hans Belting’s words, this lecture will explore the interferences—both theoretical and formal—between photography and glass painting and the significance of replication in practices of devotion.