Thursday, October 18, 2007

Behind the scenes insight into 'Uncomfortable Truths' exhibition

Behind the scenes insight into 'Uncomfortable Truths' exhibition - 11/10/2007

Audiences in Hull will be given a behind the scenes insight into the 'Uncomfortable Truths' exhibition currently at Ferens Art Gallery by the V&A (The Victoria and Albert Museum)

Zo Whitley, V&A Curator who has worked with the Hull Museums and Galleries team to bring the exhibition to Hull, will be talking about the historic significance of the abolition of the slave trade and marking this through the eyes of contemporary international artists, as the exhibition explores.

The talk will take place on Thursday 18th October at 1pm and is free to attend.

Christine Brady, keeper of art (exhibitions) at the Ferens is looking forward to Zo's talk, she said: "Zoe will be able to give a unique insight into the exhibition which we are extremely pleased to be able to showcase as part of Wilberforce 2007.

"The exhibition is extremely important and significant for the city during this bicentennial year, showing Hull's importance as a cultural venue for such national exhibitions."

'Uncomfortable Truths' features new and specially commissioned work by leading and emerging international artists highlighting an uncomfortable relationship between art and design and slavery.

The wealth that the slave trade generated was important in the patronage of British art and design and this exhibition seeks to confront and raise questions about this problematic and uncomfortable legacy.

The cross-cultural experience of the transatlantic slave trade is reflected by the choice of artists who are from the UK, Africa, Europe and the USA, including Michael Paul Britto, Lubaina Himid, Christine Meisner, Yinka Shonibare MBE and Fred Wilson.

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