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Alice Procter: Who is at home in the museum?

Venue: Online

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Museums are spaces that narrate and shape national identity. They rely on the idea of a shared heritage, some sense of universal experience. But these spaces are exclusionary, and they rely on stories that comfort and confirm the biases of their implied audiences. How can we challenge the colonial legacies of museums, work through the ways they make us feel, and learn to come to terms with the discomfort of the histories they represent?

Alice Procter is an art historian, writer, and educator. Since 2017, she has run the Uncomfortable Art Tours, unauthorised guided tours of national collections, exploring how major institutions came into being against a backdrop of imperialism. She is the author of The Whole Picture: the colonial story of the art in our museums and why we need to talk about it (Cassell 2020). Her work concentrates on the intersections of postcolonial art practice, the curation of historical trauma, and narratives of national identity.

This event was originated from (Un)processed, an event series originally planned to take place in March 2020.

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