I was spellbound by the portrait of this woman. Cuba, 1885, anonymous photographer, title “Tipo de mulata”. She gazed at me across 130 years, looking deeply sad. She holds us all to account, to create a better world.
This photo is in “Muséu del Pueblu d´ Asturies”, the Museum of the People of Asturias, in Gijón / Xixón Asturias. It´s not easy for me to translate the title: “tipo” could be example, or one example, of a “mulatto” woman – “mulatto” to me is a word embedded in the colonial past, like “half-caste” which I used to hear in Liverpool in the 70s. Both give me the shudders.
On the technical side, I find it amazing that the original photo was so clear that I can snap it on my mobile, blow it up, and send it through cyberspace to wordpress.