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The Seven Powers Came by the Sea

The Seven Powers by the Sea (1992) are based on templates for the stowing of slaves on the transport ships that once sailed from West Africa to the Caribbean after trading manufactured goods brought from Liverpool. The layout of the bodies on the slave boards is a powerful image of the conjunction of mathematical efficiency and brutality. Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons also uses photography, film and video in her work. At Bluecoat Arts Centre the seven slave boards are leant against the wall, evoking the Yoruba deities transposed to the new world. On the floor in front of them texts and small framed photographs of African Cubans are arranged in groups like family photographs. There is a further suggestion of headstones or silent memorials to the generations uprooted and separated by the slave trade.

Date

24 September – 07 November 1999

Location

School Lane
Liverpool
L1 3BX

www.thebluecoat.org.uk