'Stories from the ‘Roads’ of Empire' traces narratives of catastrophe, displacement, and subsequent renewal and contestation associated with empire by engaging with two different archives: the Imperial War Museum, and memories of London residents. The project consists of two parts: the first part is a closed encounter between the artist Dana Olărescu and a group of residents from Southwark area, where they will reflect together on migration stories from the archives of Imperial War Museum and will produce an installation.
At the second part, during the festival week, the artist Dana Olărescu and London South Bank University researchers Ozan Kamiloglu, Henry Redwood and Elian Weizman will reflect on the work of art through the following questions and more: How different stories from the roads of empire entwines? What are the conditions of recreating a life after a long journey? How can we think about official archives of empire with oral histories and personal stories? How can we create a different understanding of the past that will inform a different politics of the present, and future?
A workshop with the artist Dana Olărescu and local residents will take place on 30 October.
Find out more about the exhibition here.
Image credit: Mimi Mollica, from 'Route 30 Here We Stand'.