Petition to Stop 'Human Zoo' Exhibition23:40 - Friday 12 September 2014 - In Categories
Over 20,000 people have so far supported a petition to withdraw the distasteful exhibition Exhibit B – The Human Zoo, to be shown at the Barbican later this month.
Exhibit B is a piece by white South African Brett Bailey, and is based on the 19th century phenomenon of the human zoo, in which African tribespeople were displayed for the entertainment of European and American audiences.
Birmingham-based Sara Myers, who started the petition, says: ‘We have come a long way since the days of the grotesque human zoo – we should not be taking steps back now. If Brett Bailey is trying to make a point about slavery this is not the way to do it.’
UK rapper Akala has also written a brilliant piece condemning the show – here on his blog
Sign the petition and find out more about the exhibition here