Teenagers aged 14 to 19 from the London Borough of Newham participated in this video project in the summer of 2007.

Assisted by video artists and historians, the young people uncovered sites related to historical racism and anti-racism in the West India Docks area of London. They then expressed their interpretation of this history and heritage creatively, using digital media and their imaginations.

At the end of the five-day workshops, each young participant had produced a short film, or 'video art postcard', informed by their workshop learning. There are 33 videos in total.

The bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade provided an opportunity to revisit its history and develop new work on slavery and anti-racism.

For Manifesta and Runnymede, it proved to be an ideal occasion to devise a project that would enable young people to engage in work exploring connections between slavery, resistance and contemporary issues of racism. Using video as a medium allowed us to propose alternative means of expression, using artistic creativity and imagination.

Focusing on the links between history and local history, Video ART Postcards was designed to inspire young people about contemporary struggles against racisms and injustice by looking at the legacy of slavery and the abolitionist movement locally. The aims of the project for the young people involved were to:


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