A sculpture symbolising Britain’s complex colonial ties and an artwork featuring the faces of 850 transgender people are set to go on display in Trafalgar Square, one of London’s highest-profile venues for public art. City officials have announced the next two works to occupy the “fourth plinth,” a large stone pedestal in the central London square, reports the Associated Press.
From 2022 to 2024 the plinth will display Malawi-born artist Samson Kambalu’s Antelope, a sculpture of Pan-Africanist leader John Chilembwe beside European missionary John Chorley. Based on a 1914 photograph, it depicts Chilembwe as the much larger figure, “revealing the hidden narratives of under-represented peoples in the history of the British Empire in Africa and beyond,” City Hall said. Mexican artist Teresa Margolles’s 850 Improntas (850 Imprint), featuring casts of the faces of transgender people from around the world, will be installed in 2024. City Hall said “the life masks will be arranged round the plinth in the form of a Tzompantli, a skull rack from Mesoamerican civilisations” of what is now Central America and Mexico.