Charting Black Lives

Friday 8th November 2019 - Monday 9th March 2020

An exhibition of W. E. B. Du Bois work charting black lives

For the first time in the UK, Charting Black Lives will display W. E. B. Du Bois’ astounding yet little-known body of infographics – pioneering data visualizations that confronted audiences in 1900 with undeniable evidence that black lives matter.

Alongside reproductions of Du Bois’s graphics, the exhibition will present original artwork by Mona Chalabi, Data Editor at The Guardian, repurposing his distinctively clean lines, arresting shapes and bold primary colours for the 21st century. Chalabi’s work demonstrates the enduring relevance of Du Bois’s data visualisation methods and the racial inequalities he fought against.

W. E. B. Du Bois: Charting Black Lives is co-curated by Paul Goodwin, Professor at the University of the Arts London, a curator, scholar and specialist in black urbanism. Exhibition designer Violetta Boxill will reference Du Bois’s original exhibition design based on photographs from 1900, now in the Library of Congress in Washington D.C.

Book tickets in-person or online here. £8 adults, concessions available, admission covers entry to all exhibitions open on the day.

  • Location

    House of Illustration
    2 Granary Square
    King’s Cross
    London, N1C 4BH

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