116 beautiful portraits of Black British achievements grace Manchester’s Shopping Centre. The exhibit was created by Cephas Williams, founder of the Black British Network as part of Manchester’s International Festival.
William’s main goal through the project is to make Black Britons more visible and provide wider society with a holistic picture of Black achievements in modern Britain. He also notes that he “will be asking a very important question to the world and leaving a very rich and diverse answer for generations to come, that is, ‘What does it actually mean to be Black?’ […] This is me taking control of my narrative and asking other Black people to join me in the re-introduction of our presence and stories in the 21st century.”
Portraits feature in the centre in both subtle and stand-out fashion with some being held by the glass ceiling and others subtly weaved among the signage.
Previous projects by Williams include ‘56 Black Men’, which examined racial stereotypes in the media, and ‘Let’s Not Forget’, a project honouring George Floyd and other victims of police brutality.