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Sumaya Kassim writes about the ingrained orientalist attitudes and tropes which reinforce exhibitions like the British Museum’s Inspired by the East, often at the expense of the experiences, creativity and cultural history of Middle Eastern Muslims.
Read More “There is no mutual fascination: why the British Museum’s ‘Inspired by the East’ is not inspired (at least, not to me, a heartbroken Muslim Middle Easterner)”
Author of a number of books relating to the history of sexuality, Julie Peakman’s new work, Licentious Worlds, offers a history of sexual attitudes and behaviour through five hundred years of empire building around the world. Here, she talks to our arts contributor, Miriam Al Jamil, about her book and the research behind it.
Read More “Interview with writer Julie Peakman: ‘I want to find women’s voices in history but also expose how badly we and marginalised men have been treated’”
In light of Amanda Parer’s installation, Intrude, being shown at Liverpool’s Exchange Flags, Sumaya Kassim considers the environmental and cultural devastation of white colonialism in Australia.
Read More “Follow the White Rabbit: the ‘Anthropocene’, Australia and whiteness as pestilence in Amanda Parer’s Intrude at Liverpool Light Show”
The Gate Theatre’s production of Jamaica Kincaid’s 1988 creative essay, A Small Place, is an eloquent and impassioned roar in the parasitic face of colonialism.
Read More “Jamaica Kincaid’s A Small Place – an acerbic satire for our times”