This large-scale installation in the courtyard of Somerset House by artist Grada Kilomba consists of 140 wooden blocks laid out over 32 metres in the shape of the hold of a historical European slave ship.
Poems translated into several African languages as well as Portuguese, English and Arabic, are carved into the textured surfaces of several of the blocks. Together the shapes act as metaphorical tombs, giving a place of recognition and rest to the millions of African people enslaved. As visitors bend to read the inscriptions, they bow, evoking a sign of respect.
This moving work will be activated by two free live performances encompassing music, song and dance on the 13th and 14th October.Organisers may cancel events, alter schedules, or change admission requirements without notice. Always check official sites before heading to an event.