Who Took These? | Closing Panel Discussion

Wednesday 9th November

Photography as participatory politics: feminist anti-racism in Rhodes Must Fall PER project


Please join us for a closing discussion for the exhibition ‘Who Took These?’, including the photographer Jacqueline Otagburuagu and Dr Emily Brady (Broadbent Fellow at Christ Church).

In 2015, when a group of Black students founded Rhodes Must Fall Oxford, they catalysed a process of change that has challenged not only the university but the media

and political establishment of the UK to reckon with racism and Britain’s empire. Even as Oriel College still refuses to take down the statue of Cecil Rhodes, RMF has led the move to overhaul curricula in several departments, documented systemic racism at Oxford, and built intersectional solidarities with feminist, trans, and indigenous movements. Through an exhibition of Jacqueline Otagburuagu’s photographs, accompanied by Tadiwa Madenga’s writing, we seek to highlight the passion and care through which RMF’s activists constructed spaces of dissent, protest, and solidarity. Otagburuagu’s photographs may be familiar to viewers from social media, where they circulated widely, typically without credit. Madenga’s narrative contextualises the photos, drawing the viewer’s eye to the relations of care and friendship, visceral feelings of passion and hope, and everyday emotional labour that undergirded what became a nationally significant social movement.

The event will include the culmination of the schools’ photography competition, where the three prize-winners and teachers from their schools will meet Jacqueline Otagburuagu, and be given the opportunity to discuss their own photos, as well as seeing the exhibition.

This event is part of the Photography as participatory politics: feminist anti-racism in Rhodes Must Fall PER project.

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