Saturday 14th October 2017 – International Museum of Slavery

I visited the International Museum of Slavery in Liverpool to see the Ink and Blood Exhibition being held there as part of the Black History Month. Below are the pieces that caught my attention the most.

Cotton Slave Adam and Cotton Slave Eve by Alice Kettle

“Alice Kettle is a contemporary textile/fibre artist based in the UK. She has established a unique area of practice by her use of a craft medium, consistently and on an unparalleled scale. The scale of her work belies their component parts: individual tiny stitches, which combine to form great swathes of colour, painterly backgrounds incorporating rich hues and metallic sheen.” Sara Roberts

She trained as a painter, and has work represented in many international collections.

Timalle by Francois Piquet

Mounpapyé series

Paper, Resin, Iron Blades, Mirror, 2011

“Timalle”: a writing game on the Creole “Timal” (little male), which means “boy”, and is a very affectionate way to call a man or a young man.

Timalle (lit. “small trunk”) is a reminder of the status of “movable property” defined for slaves by the “Black Code”.

Timalle is presented at the exhibition “LE FER & LA PEAU”, which also includes the projection of 3 videos, including “Timalle”.

“Timalle”: 5’20s movie. The story of “Timalle”, series Mounpapyé, figure of the West Indian society. Watch the movie – see the movie.

This film and the filmed sculpture are traces of an artistic process: the transformation of “Timal” to “Timalle”.

Timalle is part of the collection of the FAC, Contemporary Art Fund of the General Council of Guadeloupe.

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Reparation forms / Iron & skin
A film by François Piquet, 2017.
Images François Piquet & Nicolas Merault.
With the support of DAC Guadeloupe, Conseil Régional de la Guadeloupe, International Slavery Museum of Liverpool.
“Ink & Blood” exhibition at International Slavery Museum of Liverpool

UK Diaspora (2007) by Kimathi Donkor

I was really interested to see how this map had been created from cultural remembrances and this has inspired me to look more conceptually at the topic of being separate from one’s homeland, and the issues that can be visually represented through the use of a “map”.

Donkor was born in BournemouthEngland, in 1965.[3] He has said of his background: “I was born in the UK to an Anglo-Jewish mother and Ghanaian father, but was raised by my adopted parents who were from Jamaica and the UK. We lived for a time in Zambia, Central Africa, where my adopted dad worked as a vet. I finished my schooling in the west of England, then moved to London, where I eventually settled. In the meantime, my adopted parents had divorced and remarried, so the family diversity actually increased, as Zambians also joined the party. This smörgåsbord life induced an early sense of the wondrous, and sometimes maddening, complexity of identities and histories, which, I think, has been reflected in my artworks. Precisely because I was such an intimate witness to the multiple crossings and re-crossings of stories, images and journeys from around the world.”[4]

Breaking the Shackles – Freedom

This original sculpture by a group of Haitian artists represents their continuing struggle for freedom and human rights. The sculpture was commissioned by international development charity Christian Aid and National Museums Liverpool to mark 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade in 2007.

The Freedom! sculpture, made out of recycled objects such as metal car parts and raw junk found in the dangerous slums of the capital, Port-au-Prince, was created by young Haitians and sculptors Eugène, Céleur and Guyodo from Atis Rezistans in collaboration with Mario Benjamin, an internationally renowned Haitian artist who has represented his country at Biennials in Venice, São Paulo and Johannesburg.

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