press release

Uncomfortable Truths will address the ways in which the legacy of slavery informs contemporary art and design in a display of a series of works throughout the museum’s public spaces. This exhibition of new and specially commissioned work will commemorate the bicentenary of the Parliamentary abolition of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, seeking to reassess the human cost of slavery.

The exhibition will feature the work of artists from the United States (Michael Paul Britto and Fred Wilson), Britain (Anissa-Jane, Lubaina Himid, Keith Piper and Yinka Shonibare), Africa (El Anatsui, Tapfuma Gutsa, Romuald Hazoumé and Julien Sinzogan) and Europe (Christine Meisner).

A two-day interdisciplinary conference 'From Cane Field to Tea Cup: The Impact of the Transatlantic Slave Trade on Art and Design' will be taking place on 24 and 25 February 2007.


Uncomfortable Truths
the shadow of slave trading on contemporary art & design

mit Anissa-Jane, Michael Paul Britto, Fred Wilson, Anissa-Jane, Lubaina Himid, Keith Piper, Yinka Shonibare, El Anatsui, Tapfuma Gutsa, Romuald Hazoume, Julien Sinzogan, Christine Meisner ...