Exhibitions and Case Displays
In this photography exhibition, Shah explores very personal themes linked to his family's roots and heritage as Ugandan Asians, and offers wider narratives around exile, displacement and dispossession. In 1972 Idi Amin expelled 80,000 Asians from Uganda. Shah was three years old when his family were made refugees and forced to endure an unexpected journey, leaving their lives and possessions behind and move to the UK.
Shah investigates the past and extracts fragments, narratives and meanings to re-imagine his own family's tale. The exhibition also alludes to the fading of memories, the blind-spots in representing history and to the legacies of colonialism. Further information.
A display of work designed and made by students from Rycotewood Furniture Centre. Inspired by the collections and exhibits at Pitt Rivers Museum, students have used a range of materials and processes to create practical and conceptual pieces. Wood and metal sit with textiles and glass: the processes used include woodcarving and weaving, as well as a wide range of metalworking techniques. The theme of Tools/Craft - Craft/Tools invites the question of which comes first? Does the tool dictate the craft or does the craftsperson control the tool?
Pigeon whistles are small, lightweight whistles carried on the tail feathers of pigeons to create a beautiful haunting sound. Traditionally used for deterring predators or creating a tactical diversion within warfare, they are also used for the enjoyment of their sound. This display has been co-curated by Nathaniel Mann, experimental composer, performer, sound designer, and a former artist-in-residence in the Museum. During his residency he was intrigued by the pigeon whistle display and inspired to design and fly his own versions of the whistle, resulting in a lasting passion for these flute-like instruments. This display includes his 3D printed whistles in brightly coloured plastic alongside historic Chinese and South-East Asian examples. Further information.
This exhibition presents a selection of photographs showing Marshal Josip Broz Tito taken during official visits to various African countries in the post-war period. The Yugoslav leader visited the continent regularly from the 1950s to further diplomatic relations and establish bilateral trade deals, and to foster support for Yugoslavia's regime during a time of political entrenchment in Europe but considerable change in Africa. Recording a perspective on the Cold War little known or acknowledged in the West, the photographs highlight Tito's meetings with African leaders and his interaction with the people and cultures of these countries, as well as showing moments of leisure, especially during major tours of 1961 and 1970. Further information.
This display has been created by artist Anne Griffiths, based on historical descriptions of real artefacts found on the PRM database. There were no photographic images on record at the time of making, so they have been created purely from the imagination. By examining the customs and rituals of a variety of cultures, both the similarities and differences in tradition become apparent and associations can be made between historical, geographical and contemporary fashions. Further information.
A photographic exhibition by John Wreford. Visit the Upper Gallery to encounter large scale portraits of people displaced from Syria, now surviving and thriving in Istanbul, Turkey. Each person photographed has written powerful testimonies about their experiences. Exhibition in English and Arabic.