Shifting the Centre: Anticolonial Ways of Seeing Exhibition Video

ICF and iniva present the exhibition Shifting the Centre: Anticolonial Ways of Seeing
26 September 2023 – 12 January 2024

Anticolonial Ways of Seeing was the second iteration of ICF’s Shifting the Centre project. The exhibition was curated by ICF in partnership with iniva. Publications from the Stuart Hall Library were placed into dialogue with a variety of materials found in iniva’s archive collection to build a series of constellations in the Stuart Hall Library space.

The exhibition considered the concept of ‘anticolonialism’ as a framework that allows clear links to be drawn between racialisation and capitalism, between past and present-day injustices, and local and global political struggles. The exhibition asks: is a contemporary anticolonial visual language possible? What are its concerns, reference points, and principles? What kinds of demands can it articulate? What sort of education can it provide? What histories does it draw from?

Shifting the Centre is International Curators Forum’s archival activation project dedicated to excavating the radical observations, emancipatory dreams, and revolutionary practices of anticolonial thinkers to develop counter approaches by asking: what kinds of ideas emerge when those resisting dominant forces are the protagonists of world history?

Following on from the Shifting the Centre: Grenada as Reference exhibition at Black Cultural Archives, Anticolonial Ways of Seeing was an invitation to consider the relationship between politics and aesthetics, between anticolonialism – as a tradition of thought and action – and the visual arts.


Video shot and edited by Katarzyna Perlak.

The exhibition was made possible with support from Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Arts Council England and Freelands Foundation.

Shifting the Centre forms part of ICF’s multi-season Systems Reclaimed Project.

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