The Zulu Tribe

Kieran Maver

This project allowed me to develop a more cultural and historical body of work while collaborating with the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff.

The museum had been developing a project dedicated to the Zulu tribe. They held an event with the current King of the tribe visiting Wales. Through research I saw that depictions and descriptions of the celebrated Zulu battle of 1879 had much more to do with race and culture than the simple superiority of British weapons, the history taught in most schools. I wanted to construct a photo shoot that reversed roles of the African Zulu tribe and the White British empire, to emphasize this skewed historical understanding, and was surprised and disconcerted over how easy it is to obtain cheap replicas of British Military uniforms as popular fancy dress.