Remember Bimbia

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Pascale Marthine Tayou at Redwood Library

If you were in Newport at all this summer, you might have seen Remember Bimbia, a site-specific outdoor installation in front of Newport’s Redwood Library. Belgian-Cameroonian artist Pascale Marthine Tayou was commissioned to produce the 12-foot high piece, one which alludes to the revolutionary summer of 1968 and also to a port city in Cameroon that trafficked largely in slaves until the mid-nineteenth century. (The Redwood Library was founded with the spoils of Abraham Redwood’s rum operation, one which included hundreds of slaves on a sugar plantation in Antigua.) Tayou has been using brightly colored paving stones in his work since at least 2015, but here they’re piled around a specially planted American flag, a heavy but fleeting symbol of the power of revolt.

October 15 2018

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Date: October 15
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Redwood Library & Athenaeum

50 Bellevue Avenue
Newport, RI 02840 United States

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