Wednesday, December 23

Artist and Empire

The Singh Twins, EnTWINed, 2009
"In 21st century Britain, ‘empire’ is highly provocative. Its histories of war, conquest and slavery are difficult and painful to address but its legacy is everywhere and affects us all. Artist and Empire will bring together extraordinary and unexpected works to explore how artists from Britain and around the world have responded to the dramas, tragedies and experiences of the Empire. Featuring a vast array of objects from collections across Britain, including maps, flags, paintings, photographs, sculptures and artefacts, the exhibition examines how the histories of the British Empire have shaped art past and present. Contemporary works within the exhibition suggest that the ramifications of the Empire are far from over. The show raises questions about ownership, authorship and how the value and meanings of these diverse objects have changed through history, it also asks what they still mean to us today."
Tate (Video)
Guardian: Artist and Empire review – a captivating look at the colonial times we still live in
Telegraph: Artist and Empire, Tate Britain, review: 'just not good enough'
Artist and Empire, Tate Britain, exhibition review: Face the past