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Spike Island Exhibition Tour: ‘Pigs and Poison’ and ‘Nosferasta’

Wednesday 9 March 2022 at 1:45 pm to 3:30 pm

Join MMB’s Representation, Belonging, Futures research challenge for a group tour of Spike Island’s new exhibitions: ‘Pigs and Poison’ by Candice Lin and ‘Nosferasta‘, a film by Adam Khalil and Bayley Sweitzer. Both exhibitions focus on colonial encounters and legacies, using different mediums to explore experiences of race, diaspora, citizenship and imperial conquest.

In ‘Pigs and Poison’ Candice Lin combines materials as diverse as opium poppy, bone black pigment and lard to weave together ‘wide-ranging stories of migration, biological warfare, and British and American colonial relationships with China’. While ‘Nosferasta’ is a Rastafarian vampire film starring and co-written by Trinidadian artist and musician, Oba. Described as a ‘nightmarish chronicle of colonial encounters dating back to 1492’ it portrays Christopher Colombus as a vampire and Rastafarianism as the anticolonial religion freeing Oba from his spell.

The centrepiece of Lin’s exhibition (a functioning medieval trebuchet) will be launched at 2pm (so it’s worth arriving before this!). A curator from Spike Island will then give us a short talk to introduce each exhibition. After viewing the work you are welcome to join the MMB research challenge lead, Naz Massoumi, in the Spike Island cafe to discuss both pieces of work.

To attend the group tour please sign up here.



‘Pigs and Poison’ and ‘Nosferasta’

Please note that Museum rules apply at Spike Island: no touching / getting close to the artworks, no open food / drinks containers, backpacks in hands, etc. Currently, they also ask all visitors to wear a face covering (unless exempt) in all public areas of the building. Please read the access guide here.



Wednesday 9 March 2022
1:45 pm to 3:30 pm


Spike Island
133 Cumberland Road
Bristol, Bristol BS1 6UX United Kingdom
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