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House of Illustration is delighted to be working with the Illustration Embassy to bring its 2019 exhibition W. E. B. Du Bois: Charting Black Lives to Dutch audiences for the first time. The exhibition displays reproductions of the complete set of 63 graphics created by Du Bois for the 1900 Paris Exposition, designed to challenge pseudo-scientific racism through strikingly presented facts and statistics.
Du Bois described his display as ‘an attempt to give, in as systematic and compact a form as possible, the history and present condition of a large group of human beings.’ Alongside Du Bois’ graphics, the exhibition presents contemporary infographics by Mona Chalabi, demonstrating the enduring relevance of both Du Bois’ data visualisation methods and the racial inequalities that he fought against.
W.E.B. Du Bois: Charting Black Lives explores the history of race relations in the USA, the place of facts and figures in challenging prejudice, historical graphic design and the origins of contemporary black activism – a particularly pertinent set of themes in today’s political climate. We hope that the exhibition will inform and challenge visitors in the Netherlands and receive the attention that this powerful body of work deserves.
“Eye-catching… imaginative, sometimes playful” Design Week
“Pioneering and powerful” Museum Crush
“Unbearably moving” The Spectator
“An astounding body of infographics… radical and stark” New Scientist
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