Derica Shields

Face Me, I Face You (2014)

An essay about William Hoare’s 1733 portrait of Ayuba Suleiman Diallo and its exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery; the creation and fetishisation of “extraordinary Negroes”; Britain’s 1837 Slave Compensation Act, which paid reparations to slaveowners; and Queen Elizabeth I as a feminist icon who went global by pioneering the Transatlantic Slave Trade. 

Text: The New Inquiry, Queens Edition, 2014
Live Essay: The Kitchen, NY, 2014