Trophies of Empire: The Trophy Cabinet by South Atlantic Souvenirs and Trouble

Included in Bluecoat's anniversary alumni exhibition Public View in 2017, this work by South Atlantic Souvenirs and Trouble was first shown in 1992 in Trophies of Empire. This was a project initiated by Keith Piper, in which artists interrogated Britain’s imperial and colonial legacies in Liverpool, Bristol and Hull, The Trophy Cabinet being shown in each city. The artists took three products of colonialism - tea, sugar and tobacco - repackaging them along with picture cards in each packet, as seen here. Their texts, together with an album to stick the cards in, told the story of 500 years of 'violence, pillage and mayhem around the globe, a story still unfolding today' (South Atlantic Souvenirs and Trouble).