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"Arte incómodo": "A Slave for Sale”, c. 1897, José Jiménez Aranda “Uninvited Guests"

Work commented by Aída E. Bueno Sarduy, Anthropologist, NYU, Middlebury College and Boston University

José Jiménez Aranda "A Slave for Sale”, c. 1897 A young, completely nude slave sits on a carpet.

The sign hanging from her neck bears a Greek inscription (Rose, 18 years old, on sale for 800 coins) that offers her as merchandise at an Oriental market. The depiction of the female nude was not always linked to the idea of consented pleasure, as is clear from the abundant iconography on female slaves, which assigned women a role as objects and victims of male fantasies.

English and Spanish subtitles available

This video is part of "Arte incómodo", an “Uninvited Guests" video series. "Uninvited Guests. Episodes on Women, Ideology and the Visual Arts in Spain (1833-1931)" Exhibition (10/6/2020 - 3/14/2021)