Colonialism and the expansion of empires

Photographic Montage II

Iftikhar Dadi (b.1961), 1996
Photo-etched print

Object number 2008.95

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Photographic Montage II

This is one of a series of images by the Pakistani-born artist Iftikhar Dadi, exploring the relationships between transatlantic slavery, the growth of the British Empire and the textile industries in Britain and the Indian subcontinent.

Dadi's work, often created in collaboration with his partner Elizabeth Dadi, comments on the effects of global media and advertising on our understanding of the past. They are particularly concerned with our understanding of the legacies of colonialism and contemporary cultural imperialism. Their work is playful and irreverent, and its content has the power to both seduce and appall at the same time. In this image the two methods of textile production are juxtaposed.

During the 1600s and 1700s, British merchants took fine Indian textiles to Africa, where there was great demand for them. Here they were exchanged for people. But the later economic success of the British textile mills was a direct threat to the traditional methods used in India and elsewhere.

Iftikhar and Elizabeth Dadi live and work in New York. 

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