Rum, Sweat and Tears

Flensburg

THE CONCEPT

Opening a new perspective on our own colonial history. Presenting the Afro-Caribbean view on the Flensbug sugar and rum trade.

TOPICS

Strategies and practices of violence, racism and stereotyping, which were used to legitimize centuries of colonial rule. Forms of African resistance, self-preservation and survival.

THE EXHIBITION

This exhibition wants to irritate and challenge. Those who want to know more have to bend down and take on a different posture, a different ‘attitude’, as all exhibits have been moved down to floor level, contained in themed boxes. On their way to see them, however, visitors walk across people. Tightly packed, like on the slave ships, their outlines are painted on the floor – in white lines, like on a crime scene.

The outline of a historic slave ship overlays the entire museum building, oriented towards Ghana and the Virgin Islands. Its form stretches far beyond the building into the city space, reaching casual passers-by too, and inviting their participation.

MEDIA COVERAGE

Opening

Feature on German national radio (Deutschlandfunk)

Data & Facts

Place
Flensburg
Opening
June 2017
Client
Maritime Museum Flensburg
Exhibition Space
100 m2

Gallery