A Collapsing Fantasy: Imagining the East and the hierarchy of curation
Uncomfortable Art Tours are exactly what they sound like.
In a country that’s repeatedly failed to come to terms with its colonial past, led by politicians who seem to think the past is the future, we seek to resist triumphalist nostalgia with art history.
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.
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?
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
This tour is not recommeded for under 14s
What can I bring into the event?
The V&A operates security checks, and large bags may have to be checked in.
More FAQs about the Gallery here: https://www.vam.ac.uk/visit
How can I contact the organiser with any questions?
or contact me via theexhibitionist.org