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New Trafalgar Square Artwork Honours The Narratives Of Transgender Individuals

TERESA MARGOLLES PLINTH (JAMES O'JENKINS)

In London’s busy Trafalgar Square, an art monument will be erected that celebrates the under-represented lives of people throughout British history. Artist Teresa Margolles was commissioned for the piece, which features moulds of different faces from 850 transgender individuals from the UK and around the world, reports Sky News.

The sculpture will be on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, next to a sculpture by Samson Kambalu that depicts Baptist preacher John Chilembwe and European missionary John Chorley, according to The Guardian.

The artwork is reminiscent of a Tzompantli, a skull rack from Mesoamerican civilisations (an area covering Central Mexico to northern Costa Rica).

Margolles’s work is an homage to transgender people and their narratives, which have been ignored or forgotten throughout history. According to Sky News, Margolles has worked closely with marginalised communities and represents their lives through artwork such as the ‘life masks’ in this piece.

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