Colonial White is an ongoing participatory project created by Charlotte Lagarde as part of The Racial Imaginary Institute, Interdisciplinary Cultural Laboratory, which will appear in our Fall 2019 exhibition Great Force (October 5, 2019-January 5, 2020).
The project asks the public to take a picture that merges a Colonial White paint chip sample with a photo of a place, object, or situation that embodies “colonial white” to them. The collaborative work aims to reframe the term “colonial” in its historical and contemporary context amid a collective reflection and conversation about structural racism.
How to Participate
• Paint chips may be picked up at the front desk of the Institute for Contemporary Art at 601 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23220. Educational groups who wish to participate should reach out to Johanna Plummer, Curator of Education and Engagement at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Choose a place, thing, or situation that embodies “colonial white” to you and then take a horizontal picture holding the paint chip in front of it. See examples here.
• Email photo(s) and text to email@example.com. Entries are limited to one (1) per person. Selections are made at the discretion of the artist.