New pop-up exhibition opens at the Martin Luther King Jr building

09th March, 2022

The first in a series of new temporary exhibitions at the Martin Luther King Jr building is now on display for visitors. Titled Meet me at the River, the immersive soundscape highlighted the history of transatlantic trade and responds to the survivors of modern slavery. 

The pop-up exhibition has been created by Migrant Artists Mutual Aid (MaMa) with archives, exhibitions and artefacts of the International Slavery museum, interpreting the legacies and artefacts through the eyes of women and mothers who are seeking sanctuary. Founded in 2011, MaMa is a global network of women, mothers, migrants, artists, academics, and activists who support members seeking sanctuary, and campaign for justice in the migration system. 

The exhibition features images from an abolitionist rolling pin, with an inscription reading “Health to the Sick, Honour to the Brave, Success to the Lover and Freedom to the Slave” and MaMa members holding abolitionist medallions. Projected onto an installation of ship sails are images from photographer Manuel Vason that captured MaMa members honouring, remembering and praying with the archives and artefacts of the museum.