“BOYCOTT THE HUMAN ZOO!” – A public demonstration opposing the Barbican Centre’s endorsement of Brett Bailey’s ‘Exhibit B’ in London

Activists publicly demonstrating opposition to Brett Bailey's 'Exhibit B-Human Zoo', outside the Guildhall in central London. Date:  11th September 2014.
Activists publicly demonstrating opposition to Brett Bailey’s ‘Exhibit B-Human Zoo’, outside the Guildhall in central London. Date: 11th September 2014.

I was pleased to show solidarity with a small but vociferous group of anti-racist arts activists who turned out in central London to call for a boycott of Brett Bailey’s ‘Exhibit B –  Human Zoo’ installation project today.

Publicity poster for the campaign to boycott the Barbican and Brett Bailey's 'Exhibit B-Human Zoo' installation at the Vaults in London (23-27 Sept. 2014). Source: http://boycotthumanzoouk.com/
Publicity poster for the campaign to boycott the Barbican and Brett Bailey’s ‘Exhibit B-Human Zoo’ installation at the Vaults in London (23-27 Sept. 2014). Source: http://boycotthumanzoouk.com/

Followers of this blog who’ve already read my earlier post about the Barbican Centre’s endorsement of this controversial ‘live performance’ initiative will know that I am currently one of more than 19,700 signatories (and counting!) to a petition calling for it to be boycotted during its London run, from 23rd – 27th September  2014.

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‘Exhibit B’ : A poignant performance art piece, or just the latest incarnation of a racist ‘human zoo’?

Anyone who saw the Guardian’s recent Edinburgh Festival review of Brett Bailey’s controversial installation ‘Exhibit B’ – featuring African men and women sitting inside cages, with labels stating “The blacks have been fed”, and others chained to chairs and beds in equally dehumanizing poses (seemingly to challenge audiences to reflect on the brutalities of European racism throughout the colonial era, and to specifically critique the violent practices and enduring legacies of the 19th century “human zoos”) – might be interested in the online petition that has been established to oppose and boycott its forthcoming display at the Barbican Centre in London (23rd – 27th September 2014).

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The petition’s organiser is Sara (Sar’z) Myers, and full details about why she and hundreds of supporters consider Bailey’s project to be a racist exhibition can be viewed online at https://www.change.org/p/sir-nicholas-kenyon-withdraw-the-racist-exhibition-exhibit-b-the-human-zoo-from-showing-at-the-barbican-from-23rd-27th-september

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