[Re:]Entanglements Exhibitions

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[Re:]Entanglements Exhibition

Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology, Cambridge 22 June 2021 to 17 April 2022

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[Re:]Entanglements: Colonial Collections in Decolonial Times

Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology, Cambridge

22 June 2021 to 20 April 2022

[Re:]Entanglements: Colonial Collections in Decolonial Times brought together many elements of the research that we have been pursuing in the [Re:]Entanglements project. It juxtaposed the historical archives and collections from Northcote Thomas’s early 20th century anthropological surveys of West Africa with contemporary responses of artists and community members to the material. It posed difficult questions about the legacies of colonialism in the present.

Watch our video documentation for an insight into the [Re:]Entanglements exhibition. Hear what visitors have to say about it.

Read more about the [Re:]Entanglements exhibition:

[Re:]Entanglements exhibition review, African Arts[Re:]Entanglements review, Apollo MagazineChikaogwu Kanu review of Re-Entanglements exhibition, This Day newspaper, 30 Jan 2022
Exhibition review by Jean Borgatti, African Arts, Spring 2023 (click on image to open in new window).Article in Apollo Magazine, July/August 2021 (click on image to open in new window).Exhibition review by Chikaogwu Kanu, This Day, 30 January 2022 (click on image to open in new window).‘Colonial Encounters’, Tom Almeroth-Williams, June 2021 (click on image to open in new window).

[Re:]Entanglements was the latest in a series of exhibitions exploring colonial archives and collections in decolonial times. Other project exhibitions have taken place at Nosona Studios in Benin City, the National Museum in Lagos, the University of Nigeria in Nsukka, and the Royal Anthropological Institute in London. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic a planned exhibition at the National Museum in Freetown has had to be postponed, but we hope to hold this at a later date.


[Re:]Entangled traditions, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, 2020

Re-entangled Traditions exhibition, University of Nigeria, Nsukka

[Re:]Entanglements: contemporary art and colonial archives, National Museum, Lagos, 2019

Colonial archives, creative collaborations, Nosona Studios, Benin City, 2019

Photographic affordances: revisiting N. W. Thomas’s photographic archives, Royal Anthropological Institute, 2018