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Uncomfortable Art Tours - Antiuniversity 2017
Thu 15 June 2017, 18:30 – 19:30 BST
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.
Our tours will focus on how major institutions like the National Gallery and Tate Britain came into being against a backdrop of imperialism. In each one hour 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.
There are bloody handprints on the gallery walls, and the bodies of slaves and colonised peoples in the foundations.
This event is part of the Antiuniversity Now festival 10-16 June 2017
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