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Empire of Whom?

By Annie Jael Kwan

How Tate Britian’s history of the British Empire 
marginalized perspectives of the colonized

ANDREW GILBERT, British Infantry Advance on Jerusalem, 4th of July, 1879, 2015, mixed media, dimensions variable. Installed at the exhibition 

“Artist and Empire: Facing Britain’s Imperial Past” at Tate Britain, London, 2015–16. Courtesy Jo Fernandes, Tate Photography. 

The title of the Tate Britain exhibition “Artist and Empire: Facing Britain’s Imperial Past” overstated the reach of the actual show. Held from November 2015 until April 2016 and curated by Alison Smith, David Blayney…

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