New installation at International Slavery Museum

Fri, November 8th, 2019

'Am I not a woman and a sister' is a new moving image installation...

'Am I not a woman and a sister' is a new moving image installation by Manchester- based artist Elizabeth Kwant, co-created with female survivors of modern day slavery, in partnership with Liverpool charity City Hearts.

 Please join us for a press preview on Thursday 14 November 11am at International Slavery Museum. Acting curator Jean-Francois Manicom, and guest curator Elizabeth Kwant will be available for interviews.

The work is the culmination of a year-long project researching the archives and collection of the Merseyside Maritime Museum and the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool, seeking to better understand the history of the transatlantic slave trade and its connections to the North West of England.

The artist initiated a series of movement workshops in collaboration with British Barbadian Choreographer Magdalen Bartlett Luambia, giving female survivors of modern day slavery tools and agency to create their own performances. These embodied performances were shot progressively in a studio and then on location at Harewood House, which was built between 1759-1771 for wealthy plantation and slave owner Edwin Lascelles, 1st Baron Harewood.

Through objects, sound, and repetitive movements, the film reflects upon colonial slavery and its ongoing legacy in modern Britain, raising questions of colonial history and human trafficking today. Complementing the film is a specially commissioned soundtrack composed by musician Sarah Sarhandi.

The project will also include a publication documenting the workshops, including a forward by acting curator of the International Slavery Museum Jean-Francois Manicom, a commissioned text by independent writer Sara Jaspan, and behind the scenes photographs as well as transcribed conversations with the female participants.

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