Informed by the African Butterfly collection bequeathed to me by my Grandfather, Charaxes Imperialis draws upon the similarities between the act of catching, ordering and preserving of Lepidoptera, with the colonial ideologies of conquest, control and acquisition. This similarity occurred the deeper I studied the collection; more and more my prior romanticised vision of the continent was being contradicted by family photographs from the time that depicted, a bourgeois and contained Africa in which the expatriate roamed free. I began to see this selective amnesia regarding the adversities and troubles caused by imperialism, being unwrapped in the forceful nature and methodology of butterfly collecting. The consisting images where taken following the routes made by my Grandfather, documented within the collection.
Mira Andres • Isaac Blease • Sebastian Bruno • Frederico Colarejo • Declan Connolly • Catalin Munteanu • Clio Ryan • Hannah Saunders • Christoph Soeder • Becc Sykes •