96 Racial Equality Globes Landed in London’s Trafalgar Square

96 Racial Equality Globes Landed in London’s Trafalgar Square, to Teach the Public About the History of Slavery in the U.K.

Nov 20, 2022By Angela Davic, News, Discoveries, In-depth Reporting, and Analysis
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Godfried Donkor, Race. Photo: courtesy the World Reimagined.

 

96 Racial Equality Globes are a part of the nationwide project, The World Reimagined. The project’s goal is to explore the stories told by the incredible artists of history. The final result is to make racial justice a reality. After exposure on the streets of London (November 19-20), the goal is to sell the globes at an auction. As a result, the money will go for the artists and education programs.

 

“The public should learn about the Transatlantic Trade in Enslaved Africans” – TWR Director

A selection of globes is going on view in Trafalgar Square. Photo: courtesy the World Reimagined.

 

If you find yourself in Trafalgar Square this weekend, it’ll be hard to miss the 96 globe sculptures. The World Reimagined is inviting families, businesses, and communities to come together and explore the UK’s relationship with the Transatlantic Trade in Enslaved Africans.

 

Yinka Shonibare is one of the artists founded by the project, and he participated in designing the globes. It is important to say the public can bid on them in an online auction held by Bonhams online. The online auction is available until November 25.

 

Yinka Shonibare CBE, The World Reimagined. Photo: courtesy the World Reimagined.

 

Additionally, donations will benefit The World Reimagined’s education program. Also, they will be helpful to the artists, and the creation of a grant-making program for organizations and racial justice projects.

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“The core mission of The World Reimagined is to engage the public to learn about the impact of the Transatlantic Trade in Enslaved Africans”, Ashley Shaw Scott Adjaye, artistic director of The World Reimagined said. She also added it is  important to “have a public exhibition in Trafalgar Square, in the heart of the capital, where so many people can interact with these glorious works, which is incredibly exciting.”

 

96 Racial Equality Globes and the Importance of Diversity

Àsìkò Okelarin’s globe “shares the story of the campaign for abolition, its key events, heroes and allies”.

 

Supported by the Mayor of London, the weekend-long exhibition in Trafalgar Square is the final stop. The exhibition followed a three-month public display. It included seven UK cities. Those cities are Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, and Swansea. King Charles III also paid a visit to The World Reimagined’s sculptures. This happened in Leeds on Tuesday 8 November.

 

Also, each has a QR code at its base that directs visitors to a website where they can learn more about the issues and stories addressed in the artwork. “This is a deeply powerful moment. We believe in the idea of ​​patriotism, which says that we are strong and brave enough to look honestly at our shared past and present”,  said project co-founder Michelle Gayle.

 

“Also, together we can create a better future”, she added. “It’s not black history — it’s our whole history”. African diaspora artists from all around the United Kingdom, as well as some from the Caribbean, decorated the sculptures. “The World Reimagined is an important opportunity to reflect on the importance of our diversity. Also, it is important to shine a light on our collective stories that too often remain untold”, said the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.

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By Angela DavicNews, Discoveries, In-depth Reporting, and AnalysisAngela is a journalism student at the Faculty of Political Science in Belgrade and received a scholarship for continued education in Prague. She completed her internship at the daily newspaper DANAS and worked as an executive editor at Talas.