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Exhibit B

9 - 25 August 2014
Playfair Library Hall

Exhibit B lies somewhere between performance and exhibition. 13 tableau vivant installations featuring black performers look at the themes of racism, 'othering' and the colonial history of Europe in Africa.

This deeply moving work, researched and created by South African artist Brett Bailey, gazes into the hidden Curiosity Cabinets of European racism. It focuses on the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when Europe's powers scrambled for Africa's rich resources, and the continent's scientists formulated the pseudo-scientific racial theories that continue to warp perceptions, with horrific consequences.

Drawing on the 'human zoos' and ethnographic displays so popular during this period, this site-specific exhibit places Africans and African asylum-seekers in display cases, unpacking the histories, and turning the gaze back on Europeans.

terrible and magnificent...should run for several months so that all government ministers and scholars can attend

Le Soir

Please note, this performance contains nudity

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  • Running time: 
    A walk through performance lasting 25 minutes approximately


Playfair Library Hall

Old College, South Bridge,
University of Edinburgh

Supported by
Culture 2014 logo

City of Edinburgh Council logo

Department of Arts and Culture, South Africa logo

SA-UK seasons logo

20 years of Freedom logo



Third World Bunfight

Brett Bailey Creator

Photo: Sofie Knijff

This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book.

The 2018 International Festival will be available to browse online in the spring.


All tickets: £14

Current discounts

Under 18s: 50% off
Students: 50% off
Young Scot cardholders: 50% off
Senior citizens: 50% off
Unemployed people: 50% off
Equity/MU cardholders: 50% off