Our history provides our national and personal identity and structures our relationship with the rest of the world. How we view our modern world is undeniably influenced by that history, especially whether as a nation we were the colonised or the coloniser.
We begin this talk by looking at the way Western artists and photographers visualised the discovered continents and their peoples, how this influenced the perception of those countries involved and more often than not humiliated and stereotyped their inhabitants. We also look at the way colonialists appropriated these cultures and their people, how that was depicted at home and often critiqued by artists such as Hogarth and Turner.
We end our journey by exploring how contemporary artists like Yinka Shonibare challenge the stereotypes that are embedded in the visual images of the past.