Colonisation is an age-old, global phenomenon that originated in wars of conquest. The term has come to connote more precisely the system of exploitation (overt or covert) on which the industrial societies of the North have been built at the expense of the peoples of the South, through the occupation and exploitation of land and the establishment of political domination. Jonathan Jones’s exhibition investigates the colonial transport, trade of plants and objects, together with the colonisation of associated local Aboriginal knowledge. In Ibrahim Mahama’s work, colonisation, its traces, remains and ruins are explored through collage and montage. Finally, several of Sarah Maldoror’s films tell the story of decolonial liberation, through the words of poets and in daily struggles.

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