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A few weekends ago, HB and I had a little sojourn in Bristol and whilst there came across the Lubaina Himid exhibition showing at Spike Island.
Naming The Money is an installation of 100 life-sized wooden cutout figures representing Africans brought to Europe as servants.
Historically these slaves were given new names and roles and Himid attached their printed stories on the back of each figure.
I found this to be one of the most touching things – both sadness at their loss and humiliation but humbled by the positivity too.
The fact that these were freestanding and you could walk among them was very effecting and their life-size-ness really made me connect with them as the real people they represented.
Himid was originally a set designer and wanted this exhibition to bring slaves out of the shadows and corners of traditional portrait painting and give them center stage.