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Creator of Paris 'slavery' exhibition says show must go on

FRANCE 24 | Screen grab of South African theatre director Brett Bailey

Brett Bailey, the creator of “Exhibit B” – a provocative art installation in which silent black actors recreate scenes from the days of colonial enslavement – tells FRANCE 24’s Douglas Herbert why he thinks the show has been misunderstood.


Bailey, a theatre director from South Africa, has already seen the show shut down in London this past September by protesters who criticised it as racist and degrading.

The exhibition has since travelled to Paris, where demonstrations erupted at its premiere at the city’s northern Gérard Philipe theatre last week.

Bailey, however, told FRANCE 24 that protesters have misunderstood his objective, which is to denounce racism and dehumanisation, then and now.

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