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Atlantic Worlds Gallery, National Maritime Museum, February 2024. Photo: Big Skilly Media

GESTURES TOWARDS TELLING A NEW NARRATIVE
 

A live performance featuring drums by Irvin Pascal inside the Atlantic Worlds Gallery, National Maritime Museum

Duration: 24:00 mins

As part of The Collective Makers' first artist intervention event at the National Maritime Museum, this intimate live performance for a limited audience served as a symbolic farewell to the Atlantic Worlds gallery before it temporarily closed its doors to make way for phase one of a new interpretation that resonates and connects more positively with the descendants and those impacted by the transatlantic slave trade.

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THE CHANNELING CHANT

I come here as we, 

I come here as we, 

I come here as we, 

I come here as we...

We, 

The spirits of those who were enslaved.

And we, 

The spirits of those who were enslaved, 

Who did not survive;

The Hold,

The Middle passage, 

The Plantation life,

or the Plantation torture. 
 

And so we have returned here this evening, 

To ensure this gallery 

Centres us, 

With us, 

For us.

Centring us, with us, for us,

Centring us, with us, for us,

Centring us, with us, for us,

Centring us, with us, for us,

Centring us, with us, for us...

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All Photos copyright Big Skilly Media

The National Maritime Museum, like many other museums in the UK, has been critically examining its approach to presenting and interpreting the complicated history of exploitation, trade, war, enslavement and resistance with communities of African heritage.

With special thanks to Irvin Pascal, Lison Sabrina Musset and Joseph Ijoyemi from The Collective Makers and Storm Thompson.

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