Art in the Time of Colony

Author(s): 
Carroll, Khadija von Zinnenburg
ISBN: 
9781409455967
Date published: 
May 2014
Hardback
Price: 
£75.00

It is often assumed that the verbal and visual languages of Indigenous people had little influence upon the classification of scientific, legal, and artistic objects in the metropolises and museums of nineteenth-century colonial powers. However, as this book demonstrates, it is a fallacy that colonized locals merely collected material for interested colonizers. Arguing for anachronism in the analysis and exhibition of colonial material and a reexamination of cross-cultural communication, the book writes biographies for five objects that exemplify the tensions of nineteenth century history.