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Slavery, Geography and Empire In Nineteenth-Century Marine Landscapes of Montréal and Jamaica by Charmaine A. Nelson

David Hartt
Art Metropole
101.6 × 152.4 cm
Art Metropole Edition, Art History
Art Metropole Artist-Writer poster series

David Hartt’s poster project for Art Metropole is designed as an advertisement for art historian Charmaine A. Nelson’s book Slavery, Geography and Empire in Nineteenth-Century Marine Landscapes of Montreal and Jamaica (Routledge, 2019).

The project incorporates a photograph Hartt made in Jamaica and uses the language of guerrilla street-art advertising campaigns, which are usually the domain of music and fashion brands, to instead promote an academic text that confronts the history of systemic racism in pre- and post-colonial Canada. Hartt’s project points to his own perspective as a black Canadian now living in the United States, responding to recent events in the US, but also to how these histories are usually suppressed, and how systemic racism continues to be deeply embedded within Canada as well.

Copies of the poster edition will be wheat-pasted on the streets of Toronto in the coming months, and Charmaine A. Nelson’s publication will soon be available for sale through Art Metropole’s website.

Edition of 500

David Hartt (b. 1967, Montréal) lives and works in Philadelphia where he is an Assistant Professor, in the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania. His work explores how historic ideas and ideals persist or transform over time. Forthcoming solo exhibitions include The Histories at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Coloured Garden at The Glass House, Connecticut and the group exhibition, Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. His work is in the public collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, The RISD Museum, Providence, The Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa and The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. Hartt is represented by Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago, David Nolan Gallery, New York and Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin.

Charmaine A. Nelson is a Professor of Art History and a Tier I Canada Research Chair in Transatlantic Black Diasporic Art and Community Engagement at NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is also the founding director of the first ever institute focused on the study of Canadian Slavery. She taught at McGill University (2003-2020) and Western University (2001-2003). Nelson has made ground-breaking contributions to the fields of the Visual Culture of Slavery, Race and Representation, and Black Canadian Studies.


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