Remembering the brave slaves

In collaboration with United Nations in India, India International Centre (IIC) will organise exhibition 'Us and Them - From Prejudice to Racism' by Musee De I'Homme, Paris in cooperation with UNESCO starting from March 23 to March 28, 2020 at Quadrangle Garden, IIC. Revolving around the International Day's 2020 theme of 'Confronting Slavery's Legacy of Racism Together', it will focus on the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade (March 25).

Originally launched in March 2017 at the Muséum national d'histoire naturelle - Musée de l'Homme in Paris, under the patronage of UNESCO, the exhibition will focus on the reality of racism and prejudice through the intersections of anthropology, biology, sociology and history. It will mainly aim to make the visitors self-reflect on the construction of their own prejudices and shed light on racist and discriminatory behaviour. It will also teach its visitors that racism can be fought against, and is not inevitable. By showcasing the science behind the concept of 'race', the exhibition will touch on the evolvement of racism within the transatlantic slave trade; which to this day continues to divide societies. The exhibition will also feature UNESCO's Slave Route Project.

Moreover, the exhibition will offer a journey that will help in disclosing the reasons for racist, prejudiced, categorised and discriminatory kind of behaviours during the different moments of history. It will also focus on providing the basic keys to understand the personal reflection to deconstruct prejudices.

The public will be invited to go through the individual and collective mechanisms that lead to the cruel rejection of 'the others' and to raise awareness on modern-day discriminations.

Human communities are the product of a long history of trade and migration, and these factors have gone a long way to defining our societies. Through this exhibition, every human being can, if they wish, do their bit in making people realise the wrongs of racism and prejudice in their everyday lives.

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