Use the film (3.34mins) to open up conversations about representation and the continuing contemporary impact of colonialism.
Students could: catalogue, compare, archive their history in things. They could share an object in silence and listen to what others say. They could make a class history in objects.
You can play/pause the film where necessary. The Artist notes share the research process the artist undertook to produce the work and can be used for further reading, listening and viewing ideas to expand discussions beyond the film.
What to do with the past today?
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Image and text captions in the order they appear
- The Secret of England’s Greatness (Queen Victoria Presenting a Bible in the Audience Chamber at Windsor) c.1863
- Lay Back, Keep Quiet and Think of What Made Britain so Great 1986
- Photograph: Defaced statue of Queen Victoria outside the High Court, Guyana, Georgetown, Guyana, 2011
- Legacies of Empire, an interview with Hew Locke and Andrew Gilbert, Tate Etc Magazine, issue 35, pp.72 – 79
- Photograph: The bronze statue of British colonialist Cecil John Rhodes is removed from the campus at the University of Cape Town, 9 April 2015
- Tweet on trip hop band Massive Attacks refusal to play Colston hall, Bristol
- Colston Hall to be renamed?
- Photograph: Edward Colston (1636–1721), by John Cassidy (1860–1939). 1895. Bronze on a Portland stone pedestal. Colston Avenue, Bristol
- Signs of Empire, Black Audio Film Collective 1982–84
- XII. Face to Face; The History of the Benin Bronzes 1984
- VI. British Punitive Expedition 1897; History of the Benin Bronzes 1984
Quote on Philip’s work is from In Black and White: Prints from Africa and the Diaspora exhibition catalogue, V&A publishing
- Photograph: A Hindu servant serves tea to a European colonial woman in the early 20th century.
- The Gates of Return (2006–7) by Julien Sinzogen
Educational resource on Julien Sinzogen [PDF]