These Things Matter: Empire, Exploitation and Everyday Racism
About the exhibition
These Things Matter: Empire, Exploitation and Everyday Racism is a startling new exhibition exploring the devastating and long-term effects of the British Empire, curated in partnership with the Museum of Colour (MoC) and Oxford-based charity Fusion Arts.
Available globally through the MoC's digital platform and in person at the Weston Library, These Things Matter shows how every day communications maintained the British Empire and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Discover how maps, letters and even the Bible were edited deliberately to manipulate millions of people and to justify the value of trading African bodies.
The exhibition features selected artefacts from the Bodleian Libraries' colonial collections, alongside seven contemporary responses from artists selected by the MoC and Fusion Arts: Bunmi Ogunsiji, Grace Lee, Amina Atiq, Dirty Freud, Nilupa Yasmin, Mahdy Abo Bahat and Johannah Latchem. Each installation examines an artefact through a 21st-century lens and is a raw and, at times, brutal illustration of the artist’s personal response.
These Things Matter runs in Blackwell Hall at the Weston Library and online through the Museum of Colour.