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Hidden Tributes

March 11, 2020

 

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Vicissitudes Jason-Decaires-Taylor

These beautiful underwater sculptures by Jason Declaires Taylor have been widely assigned the meaning of a tribute to the enslaved African people thrown overboard from slave ships. This is disputed by their creator, but is an interesting sidelight on the uses of sculpture in the course of history. There exists a need for the lives of these maltreated people to be acknowledged and honoured and these images speak to that need for reparation for so many of these vile criminal acts. 

https://www.aaihs.org/from-the-ocean-floor-death-memory-and-the-atlantic-slave-trade/

https://afroculture.net/grenada-underwater-sculptures-in-tribute-to-african-slaves/