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New Art Exhibition A History of Ordinary People in Africa’ Launches in the #WindowGalleries

18/05/2022

Learn about the social experience of everyday life around Africa and histories of ordinary people that hail from across the continent with this intriguing new show. This exhibition is part of the series A History of Ordinary People in Africa (HOPIA), a cultural heritage project undertaken by the Oxford University Africa Society, supported by TORCH as part of the Humanities Cultural Programme, and by the Oxford African Studies Centre.

In this display of informative and inspiring posters, we can learn more about the social experience of everyday life around Africa and histories of ordinary people from across the continent. The HOPIA project draws on oral histories, historical artefacts and photographs to project into the past, centring on women and the underrepresented and spotlighting their resistance, activism, preservation of traditions, innovations, creativity and contribution towards positive change.

The Africa Society explains:

“Ordinary in this context refers to the less dominant, less visible, and less 'powerful' individuals in society. As such, the use of the term should not be construed as unexceptional or uninteresting. We want to emphasise the social experience of everyday life and reveal the ways in which ordinary people participate in the process of social change. We present these histories not as a unity, but in all their contradictory dispersion, and as constitutive elements in the fabric of the wider world of ideas, movements, and events. Furthermore, our source material is crowdsourced from the members of the Oxford University Africa Society and other people of African descent in Oxford. Assembly is our object of study, research method, and presentation style.”

A History of Ordinary People in Africa will be on display in the #WindowGalleries along Friars Entry in Oxford, OX1 2BZ from Monday 16th May until the 3rd June, free and available to visit at any time.

The #WindowGalleries are an innovative collaboration between Fusion Arts and The Randolph Hotel by Graduate Hotels that connects and supports Oxford’s communities by creating a lively space for the public to experience inspiring work by local artists.

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