“Uncomfortable Art Tour: British Museum” (Scholar-Activism Conference) by The Exhibitionist

Sunday 24th June 2018, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM @ The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG

 

  • How did the narratives of Empire come into being?
  • Who controls them?
  • And how can we learn to see through the triumphalism to the truth?

 

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In a country that’s repeatedly failed to come to terms with its colonial past, we seek to resist triumphalist nostalgia with art history.

 

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These tours focus on how major institutions came into being against a backdrop of imperialism. At this tour, we’ll unravel the role colonialism played in shaping and funding these collections, looking at the broader material history of celebrated works.

The history of British art is also the history of empire and genocide, written by collectors who traded in landscapes and lives.

 

 The Times, 17.4.2018

£8 tickets available from eventbrite

About The Exhibitionist:

Alice runs tours, talks, workshops and podcasts as The Exhibitionist. Her academic work concentrates on the intersections of post-colonial art practice and colonial material culture, investigating how we curate historical trauma and national identity. She has six years of tour guiding experience and plenty of things to say.