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Cargo: Excavating the Contemporary Legacy of the Transatlantic Slave Trade in Plymouth and Devon

Cargo: Excavating the Contemporary Legacy of the Transatlantic Slave Trade in Plymouth and Devon



Postage and Packing Free - Confronts the issues of contemporary slavery and Fair Trade through new cross-disciplinary, museological ethnographic, and curatorial practice.


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Publication date: 25 March 2011

ISBN 978-1-84102-268-0

235 x 170mm full colour

120 pages

Cargo brings together contemporary art and current museum practices to reflect upon the different histories of the Transatlantic Slave Trade embodied within museum collections, and our relationship to contemporary slavery through everyday consumerism. Artists, curators and writers explore the changing global conditions of trade and migration today, and the lasting effect of the Slave Trade as reproduced in contemporary culture.

Excavating the legacy of the Slave Trade as experienced today, this book’s conceptual framework starts from the contemporary art perspective and works backwards through history. This archaeological approach is set against a more traditional linear chronology in the form of a time line of the Slave Trade from 1400 to the present.

Artist-adviser to the ‘Human Cargo’ exhibition in March 2007; Raimi Gbadamosi’s work seeks to create debate, instead of representing preconceived concerns defined by specific social, cultural and political cant.

Len Pole was born in London and lives and works in Essex. He is a curator undertaking freelance contracts for several museums in UK to make better use of their world cultures collections.

Zoë Shearman is a contemporary art curator and writer based in Bristol. As Director of Visual Arts, Riverside Studios, London (1990-1994) she curated the first UK survey exhibitions by Louise Bourgeois and Yoko Ono and toured work by Bill Viola internationally. 

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