Quench: to satisfy a thirst or desire

Links between London’s Docklands, the East India Company, and postcolonial culture are explored in this installation. Questioning what it means to be British, with the traces and stains of an imperial past, elements of grand historical narrative are juxtaposed with the ordinary and the present day. 

The British East India company was the private trading company that helped forge the British Empire …. It lasted 258 years before the British State gained control of its activities. In that time it had redrawn the map of India, built an empire and reinvented the fashions and foodstuffs of Britain.’ 

Melvin Bragg, In Our Time (bbc.co.uk)