Contemporary Art and Unforgetting in Colonial Landscapes

Islands of Empire

  • Kate McMillan

Part of the Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies book series (PMMS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Islands

  3. Art, Memory and Unforgetting

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Kate McMillan
      Pages 141-161
  4. Art Practice as Resistance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 163-163
    2. Kate McMillan
      Pages 165-188
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 215-218

About this book


This book explores the work of artists based in the global south whose practices and methods interrogate and explore the residue of Empire. In doing so, it highlights the way that contemporary art can assist in the un-forgetting of colonial violence and oppression that has been systemically minimized. The research draws from various fields including memory studies; postcolonial and decolonial strategies of resistance; activism; theories of the global south; the intersection between colonialism and the Anthropocene, as well as practice-led research methodologies in the visual arts. Told through the author’s own perspective as an artist and examining the work of Julie Gough, Yuki Kihara, Megan Cope, Yhonnie Scarce, Lisa Reihana and Karla Dickens, the book develops a number of unique theories for configuring the relationship between art and a troubled past.


contemporary art forgetting memory british empire postcolonial colonial

Authors and affiliations

  • Kate McMillan
    • 1
  1. 1.Culture, Media & Creative IndustriesKing's College London LondonUK

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