Week 4

How does Allan Sekula’s engagement with the sea, help us to think about trade in the 16th century? Link images or articles that you see relevant to this question or your reflections.

Allan Sekula’s Fish Story documentary on globalization engages his research with the sea where he mapped the world economy through the exploration of world maritime trade and the historical, sociopolitical connections among port cities.

His studies link to the history and beginning of trading where people from different countries gather at the port to trade for spices and other precious goods as well as the expedition of the oceanic trade routes to discover the unknown (countries).


Week 3

In week 3, we learned about Catherine of Austria and herkunstkammer. Who is a another female patron of the arts? As you reflect on this question, remember to link any images or textual sources to your journal posting that might relate to this question or your thoughts on it.

Another female patron of the arts is Empress Josephine de Beauharnais; the first Empress of the French, the first wife of Napoleon Bonaparte. She is the first female sovereign collector in France and her art collections consist of paintings, sculptures and porcelain.

Chateau de Malmaison

Chateau de Malmaison

The place where the Empress took residence in and had her art collections kept.

Josephine: The Rose of Martinique – Page 351


Week 2

How have your images of Africa changed after today’s class on African ivories?

Initially, my first image of Africa was poverty instead of their vibrant culture, as they are infamously known for it in the recent centuries. However, after today’s class, I was amazed by their history of craftsmanship with ivories and their knowledge and traditions in art aesthetics. Like any other countries, Africa has a rich history and mastery in art (culture) that is continuously brought till today in daily lives as well as in festivals.



Week 1

What’s ‘art’ for you?

Art is a dynamic medium that allows me to express words/senses in different forms. It is an expression of imaginations and creativity which allows the mind to think freely without boundaries. It also enables emotion that are hard to express through words to be conveyed easily.


Does colonialism exist today? If so, in what form?

Colonialism still exist but in a different context from the past. An example would be the exploitation of third world countries for their cheap labor.