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Resistance is Useless: Portraits of Slaves from the British West Indies

Resistance is Useless

DR Wakefield

Resistance is Useless: Portraits of Slaves from the British West Indies, 2004

Silk screen printing, Etching

 

A collection of seventeen etched portraits and nameplates, Resistance is Useless works to counteract the systematic erasure of enslaved Africans stolen and exploited by the British for plantation work in the West Indies. The work imagines and pieces together history to construct narratives and images slave owners would have resisted in their quest to destroy the humanity of the African people.

 

Resistance is Useless: Portraits of Slaves from the British West Indies