The momentous impact of the West on the cultures of the Pacific.

Watch Oceans Apart: Art and the Pacific on BBC Select

It’s a story of exploration and exploitation. 250 years ago, Captain Cook voyaged into the Pacific region for the first time.

While this encounter between the West and Pacific peoples undoubtedly devastated indigenous communities, it also opened the world’s eyes to their images and ideas, forever changing the global imagination.

Art historian James Fox looks at this momentous meeting of cultures in this insightful documentary.

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