Trading Faces exhibition – now live

Press release from Future Histories for exciting online exhibition that both digitizes rare archive material in relation to the history of culturally diverse performing arts and invites contributions from the public:


Exploring the heritage of the transatlantic Slave Trade in British performing arts and society.

Trading Faces Online Exhibition is now live.

Produced by Future Histories as part of the consortium project “Trading Faces: Recollecting Slavery”, this exhibition explores old and new forms of human trade, resistance and creativity to develop a deeper understanding of slavery, its abolition in the past and its effects on the present. By promoting the use of primary resources for the study of black performing arts in the UK the Trading Faces Online Exhibition aims to stimulate creativity, critical thinking, individual responsibility and participation. Highlights of the exhibition include a performance timeline featuring newly archived material from the past 200 years, digitized and available online for the first time, narratives of slavery from both the past and present and a series of virtual rooms which explore ritual, religion, carnival and masquerade amongst other aesthetic themes. The Open Doors section of the Online Exhibition is a space where web users can contribute material and ideas to promote a critical debate on the subject.

Trading Faces: Recollecting Slavery is a consortium project developed by Future Histories, Talawa Theatre Company and V&A Theatre Collections – supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Access to Archives.

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