Existence is Resistance: The Metropolitan Museum as a Contact Zone

What can you do to decolonise? Visit this online exhibition curated by MA students at the University of Leeds to get some clarity!

We invite you to become aware of the issues affecting Native American communities today and challenge the cultural appropriation you see every day and in your favourite museums — as we challenge colonialism and appropriation in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Native American collection.

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Existence is Resistance is part of a wider series of exhibitions and projects undertaken by MA students from the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies as part of an Interpretations course module.


Dress, Native American Traditional Dress from Teton Sioux tribe. Photograph from the Metropolitan Museum of Art online collection. Image edited by MA student Farah Dailami.