The sculpture, on a plinth at Trafalgar Square, London, is entitled Antelope. It re-stages a photograph of Baptist preacher and pan-Africanist John Chilembwe and European missionary John Chorley but with the relative sizes of the two reimagined.
The intent of the artist Samson Kambalu is to elevate Chilembwe and his story, so highlighting the story of the underrepresented peoples in the history of the British Empire in Africa.
A photograph taken in 1914 at the opening of Chilembwe’s new church in Nyasaland, (now Malawi) shows Chilembwe with his hat on, defying the colonial rule that forbade Africans from wearing hats in front of white people.
A year later, Chilembwe led an uprising against colonial rule and was killed and his church was destroyed by the colonial police.
Meanwhile, the people down the stairs had just finished singing a song that I think was a protest song against what is happening in Iran.
In the background is the National Gallery, and off to the right in the church of St Martin’s In The Field.
Shot with an iPhone 13 Mini.