Exhibition in London on slavery history

Stowage of the British Slave Ship 'Brookes' Under the Regulated Slave Trade Act of 1788, by Thomas ClarksonFrom British daily The Morning Star:

EXHIBITION: The Slave Ship Brookes

London Print Studio, 425 Harrow Road, London W10

JUDITH AMANTHIS is disturbed by a stunningly original display of slave-trade prints exhibited as part of Black History Month.

THE London Print Studio’s director John Phillips, an artist, printmaker and sculptor as well as a long-time practitioner of art for people’s sake, has grabbed print’s capacity to range from exquisite fine art to grubby newsprint to propaganda tool.

He’s planted it – gallery, print studio and community workshop combined – on London’s Harrow Road, known to locals as Carnival City.

For the area’s African-Caribbean community, Black History Month is a chance to draw attention to the atrocities of both the transatlantic and Arab slave trades.

Their history is still monstrously alive – into the vacuum of the North’s greed for Africa’s riches are sucked, still today, the majority of Africa’s inhabitants. This is one among many facts that the studio has worked into an exhibition of stunning originality.

Its focus is Thomas Clarkson’s famous print Stowage of the British Slave Ship “Brookes” Under the Regulated Slave Trade Act of 1788, a massively successful propaganda tool in the hands of anti [sic]-abolitionists. …

Then there’s a life-sized digital print of the back of a naked man. He’s whitewashed all over and labelled “sold.” Only his palms, turned outwards, show his colour.

The space between his shoulder blades, where the whip’s lash would have fallen again and again, bears a quote from the favourite whitewasher of ancient and modern slave-holders alike, Aristotle.

“It is clear that some men are by nature free and others slaves – and that, for these latter, slavery is both expedient and right.”

Exhibits until November 10. More info: (020) 8969-3247.

6 thoughts on “Exhibition in London on slavery history


    SATURDAY 1O NOV 10am – 5pm

    The African continent is in a state of virtual re-colonisation for its mineral and othner riches, and the majority of its people of no concern to the world’s powers that be.

    Trade union support is badly needed to help the many groups struggling, all againnst their collaborating governments, eg Nigeria, Guinea, South Afirca, for even minimal democratic space.

    Organised by the African Liberaiton Support Campaign Network, (ALISC Network), Friends of Africa Students Society@ SOAS and Kilombo magazine.

    SATURDAY 10 NOV 10am – 5pm
    tube Kings Cross, plemty buses up Kings Cross Road

    kilombo.education@gmail.com 07984 405 307

    Trade unionist signatories of the conference so far:
    Tony Benn, former MP
    Mike Fletcher, Colchester Trades Council
    Paul Trummel, NUJ
    Hilary Macaskill, NUJ
    Jenny Vaughan, NUJ
    Theo Liasi , NUJ
    Andy Erlam, UNITE
    Liz Hodgkin, UNITE
    Tom Gibson, UNITE
    Arjan Van Der Waal, UNITE
    Amy Agnew, UNITE
    Natasha Iwowo, UNITE
    Diana James, UNITE
    Yaw Frimpong, UNISON
    Bronwen Handyside, UNITE
    Keith Pattenden, UNITE
    Kudlip Bajwa, UNITE
    Asari St Hill, Prospect
    Norman Traub
    Reggie Pedro


  2. 31 Oct 2007

    Slavery exhibition goes on show at park museum

    A new free exhibition, exploring the history of black and Asian people in the Yorkshire Dales, has opened at the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes.

    Called Hidden History of the Dales, People and Places has been timed to coincide with Black History Month, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the abolishment of the British trade in enslaved Africans.

    Fiona Rosher, museum manager, said: “A number of black Africans settled in the Dales and Across Yorkshire as a result of the slave trade and this exhibition highlights those often overlooked links between this region, the Caribbean and Africa.

    “One of the exciting aspects of this exhibition has been the way it has acted as a catalyst for people from within and outside the area to find out more about their own ancestry and their links with the British trade in enslaved Africans.”



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