‘Kage’ by Anita Ives

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Compressed charcoal in vintage accounting ledger, 35 cm x 35 cm

Listen & Draw Fundraiser for the Black Curriculum, 8 July 2020

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In Summer 2020 the  black lives matter protests were kicking off after the killing of George Floyd. In the UK, Edward Colston, notorious slave trader ended up in Bristol Harbour. Against this background Kage Douglas talked to us about his experience of growing up as a black, gay man in Britain. I struggled to draw while listening and ended up with this portrait of a man who, as a boy had been taunted by the words: you must be that colour because you were shit out of your mum’s bum.