In partnership with the Black Artists and Modernism project, the Herbert will present paintings from the Korabra series by Gavin Jantjes. Created in 1986 at the West Indian Association Club in Coventry, the paintings explore the transatlantic slave trade.
Up until the nineteenth century, around 300 million people from Africa were seized from their homes, and exported to become slaves. This series of paintings explores the issues surrounding this trade of people, and the suffering of those involved. The word `Korabra' comes from Ghana and means `to go and come back'. It is also a name for a funeral drum sounded for the dead. Many people died on the transatlantic crossings because of the terrible conditions in which they were held.
This exhibition is one of a series of interventions around public art collections in the UK carried out as part of the Black Artists and Modernism project.