[Re:]Entanglements Exhibition

Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology, Cambridge

22 June 2021 to 17 April 2022

FREE ENTRY – due to current Covid restrictions, please book in advance at https://tickets.museums.cam.ac.uk/overview/museum-arch-anth

Downing Street


[Re:]Entanglements: Colonial Collections in Decolonial Times. This exhibition brings together many elements of the research that we have been pursuing in the [Re:]Entanglements project. It juxtaposes 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 poses difficult questions about the legacies of colonialism in the present.

This is 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