Hislop’s Search for Dissent: Review

‘I Object: Ian Hislop’s Search for Dissent’ is the latest exhibition  to open in London’s prestigious British Museum.

The exposition  is intended to challenge the stereotype of the museum being a reinforcement of the black and white official versions of events, instead displaying artefacts of protest, disobedience and satire throughout time.

This exhibition was put together by Ian Hislop, editor of satirical magazine Private Eye and team captain on the show Have I Got News for You. The British Museum granted him access to its extensive collection to find objects in which people on the losing side of history have left their marks.

Some examples of such protest are in the form of currency. Banknotes, in many countries, are considered property of the government and thus it’s illegal to deface them; attractive to the small-time protestor.

One such case of this crime is exhibited in the collection: A British penny from 1903 with ‘Votes for Women’ stamped crudely over the King’s profile, vandalised in the height of the militant Suffragette movement.

The pieces range from mere mockery and satire to acts of extreme bravery, spanning millennia, from a 1073 BC Iraqi idol which defied societal norms to the current Western political scandals and controversies and everything in between.

‘I Object: Ian Hislop’s Search for Dissent’ costs £12 and can be found at the Citi Exhibition in the British Museum until the 20thJanuary 2019. I highly recommend a visit.