Barbican hit out at 'troubling' anti-racism protesters

The Barbican has criticised anti-racism protesters after cancelling a controversial exhibition.

Exhibit B – The Human Zoo showed caged black actors dressed up as slaves to address the notion of Africans as “objects of scientific curiosity” throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.

It was aiming to confront “colonial atrocities committed in Africa, European notions of racial supremacy and the plight of immigrants today”, however a petition calling on the London venue to scrap the installation garnered almost 23,000 signatures.

The Barbican said that an “extreme” demonstration outside the building worried organisers and gave cause for concern relating to the “safety of performers, audiences and staff”. However they said they found the action of the protesters "profoundly troubling"

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