This co-curated exhibition presents six examples of colonial material from
the Bodleian collections that, in a variety of ways, normalise oppression
based on assumed racial superiority. Among these, and inspiring the project,
is a censored version of the King James Bible, commonly known as the ‘Slave
Bible’, which was made to teach a pro-slavery Christianity to enslaved people.
Following a process of public workshops, seven artists were commissioned to reflect
on the selected exhibits, and to use their creativity to open up perspectives
on historic materials that engineer psychological domination. The
exhibition calls you to consider the ways in which our thinking has been
framed by our predecessors, and present behaviour informed by activity beyond these shores.
In a land that prides itself on civility, these things matter.