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Waterscapes & Wet Bodies through the Colonial Eye: West Africa, Hawai'i and India - Exhibit

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Opening Reception: February 7, 2018 | UC Merced Library, KL362 12:00 - 1:00 PM

Water and wet bodies have been viewed in a variety of ways in different historical periods and geographies.


This exhibit illustrates how people in West Africa, Hawai‘i, and India have, historically, understood water; incorporated it into designed landscapes, places of worship, and residence; grappled with its scarcity; and practiced sensual immersive cultural practices such as swimming, bathing, surfing, and ritualized blood sports with marine creatures.

These traditions provided lives with meaning, purpose, and value and dignified nude and semi-nude human bodies as gifts from the creator.

By contrast, European Colonialism viewed water as a dangerous space yet also promoted water as picturesque, consumable, and touristic in visual culture.


This exhibition features a rich collection of original early modern and modern (ca. 1600 – 1940s) materials of visual culture, including newspapers, travelogues, paintings, photographs, prints, and postcards.

Date or dates of event -- -February 7 - May 7

Street Address - - -5200 North Lake Road

City - - -Merced, CA 95343

For more information call:(209) 228-2453

Earlier Event: February 3
BCHS Music Boosters 13th Annual Crab Feed
Later Event: February 8
Valentine's Paint Party