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Trophies of Empire: Juginder Lamba, The Cry
Initiated by Keith Piper and Bluecoat (working with Arnolfini in Bristol and Hull Time Based Arts), Trophies of Empire was an artists' commission series made in response to the Columbus Quincentenary (500 years since his so-called discovery of the Americas). Artists explored legacies of colonialism and imperialism and their imprint in three UK ports, Liverpool, Bristol and Hull. Exhibiting at Bluecoat were Paul Clarkson, Shaheen Merali, South Atlantic Souvenirs & Trouble, Veena Stephenson, Rita Keegan, and Juginder Lamba, who exhibited carved sculptures in the gallery and a large sculptural installation, created from ships' timbers and a door from an old leper colony, in the garden. The artist described it as 'a temple to all oppressed people of the world who suffered and continue to suffer through slavery, colonisation and the various legacies of Imperialism.' The work was also exhibited in the garden of Wilberforce House in Hull.