I am BP, King of Injustice, King of Exploitation calls into question the role that arts and culture institutions like the British Museum play in the rebranding of corporate image of destructive companies. As an alternative exhibition space that centres contemporary Iraqi artistry and voice, it is a necessarily urgent realisation of a space in which solutions to unethical oil sponsorship and the gatekeeping of heritage by Western institutions are realised.
The exhibition has been curated by artists and activists of Iraqi descent in collaboration with BP or Not BP, a member of the Art Not Oil coalition. In 2018, it was revealed that Shell’s sponsorship deals with both the National Gallery in London and Amsterdam’s van Gogh Museum had not been renewed, while the Tate ended its relationship with BP in 2016, forming part of a growing, transnational wave of resistance against oil sponsorship in the arts.
This exhibition will coincide with the anniversary of the large scale and transnational 2003 Iraq War protests, as well as the mass action taking place by a coalition of climate justice and decolonial arts and culture activists at the close of the I am Ashurbanipal, King of the World, King of Assyria exhibition currently running at the British Museum.
Sundus Abdul Hadi
Tamara Abdul Hadi
Abdul Karim Khalil
Khalid Tawfiq Hadi
Independent Film & TV College, Baghdad
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