Through different art workshops, participants discovered inspiring black women who have contributed positively to British society, but don’t receive the same recognition as white men or women in our society.
Sara López, Rosa Pérez, Bisila Noha, Elo, Verónica Restrepo and María González.
15 October 2016
Our workshops aimed at introducing these important historic women and their achievements to participants, who then use art – either by making puppets, clay mini statues, carnival costumes or banners – to visualise and even become part of these stories. We believe that something as ‘simple’ as children creating puppets of black women dressed as astronauts or scientists can help change those children’s perceptions. Our goal was for them to associate those careers and achievements not only with white men.
We have to rethink history. We have to question it and change paradigms to make our national history more inclusive. It might indeed be sad, or unfair, that we must still celebrate Black History Month, or Women’s History Month for that matter. However, the stories that Black History Month reveals continue to remain outside of our national story and identity. So until this changes and everyone, regardless of social class or background, is aware of them, Black History Month remains relevant and needed.
We would like to say thanks to:
Lon-art volunters, Luis Martínez for the pictures, Idea Store White Chapel staff, Sarah from East End Women’s museum, Tower Hamlets and to all participants that came over!
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