This exhibition brings to light the power of language, highlighting the ways that colonisers utilised it in order to subordinate and ‘other’ the colonised.
Shocking at times, and subtle at others, we invite you to investigate the impact of words.
Curated by MA students from the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, Constructing Colonialism: The Power of the Written Word displays extracts from the Biodiversity Heritage Library — including photographs, maps and text, created by the colonizer.
We encourage you to look closely at how language is crafted to subordinate the colonized, to tell a single story about them. Indigenous peoples’ histories and identities were literally rewritten; join us as we dismantle colonial language of power and domination.