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Lieko Shiga, ‘Portrait of Cultivation’ from Spiral Shore, 2008-2012. © Lieko Shiga, 2023

Picturing the Invisible: Earthquake, Meltdown, Memory

Picturing the Invisible: Earthquake, Meltdown, Memory is an academic and artistic partnership exploring the communities ravaged by the 2011 Great East Japan earthquake. It provides a striking photographic portrait of communities living with radiation and trauma in Fukushima and neighbouring prefectures, more than a decade later.

Tarik ibn Ziyad (670 – 720 AD)

Andalusian Pageant

Sat 11 March - Sun 26 March

Murray Edwards College

Andalusian Pageant is a painted procession of colourful historical personages who played significant roles in the most important and dramatic era in the history of the Iberian Peninsula, the time between the years 711 and 1492 when what are now Spain and Portugal were part of the first Islamic caliphate in Europe. Christians and Muslims clashed and coexisted for nearly eight centuries, until the Christian conquest of the city of Granada in 1492 established Spain and Portugal as Catholic countries, which nevertheless inherited a multicultural past and an ambivalent cultural identity.
These paintings were inspired by the books I have written, which include the story of the last Visigothic king Roderick and his fateful passion for the beautiful La Cava, the tale of the mysterious Lead Books of Granada and the plight of the Spanish Moriscos, and most recently, a life of the last sultan of Granada, Muhammad XI, known as Boabdil, and a history of the city of Granada that underlines the crucial importance of its multicultural past to Spanish and European history.

My aim has been to rethink the genre of historical portraiture by depicting Spain’s medieval history using contemporary painting techniques that reveal ambivalent or controversial aspects of the characters, both Christian and Muslim, central to that history. The pageant portrays kings and emirs, powerful Muslim women and a former slave who became a conqueror, and it embodies allusions to the myths and imaginary ideas of Spain and Portugal’s medieval past, as well as references to its social, cultural and political realities.

Dr Elizabeth Drayson, Emeritus Fellow in Spanish, Murray Edwards College

Cost: Free

Enquiries and booking

No need to book.

Please report to the Porters' Lodge on arrival

Enquiries: Sarah Greaves Website Email: skg22@cam.ac.uk Telephone: 01223762789


In person

10:00am-6:00pm daily from Saturday 11 March until Sunday 26 March

All times

Sat 11 March 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Sun 12 March 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Mon 13 March 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Tue 14 March 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Wed 15 March 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Thu 16 March 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Fri 17 March 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Sat 18 March 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Sun 19 March 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Mon 20 March 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Tue 21 March 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Wed 22 March 10:00AM - 6:00PM
TodayThu 23 March 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Fri 24 March 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Sat 25 March 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Sun 26 March 10:00AM - 6:00PM


Please report to the Porters' Lodge on arrival.
Address: Murray Edwards College
Buckingham House Seminar Room
Huntingdon Road
Telephone: 01223 762100