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A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler
A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler

Theaster Gates: Amalgam

Dec 13, 2019 – May 3, 2020
Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4BB, United Kingdom

During the 1800s, the ethnically diverse inhabitants of Malaga—a small island off the coast of Maine—lived together in harmony. Suddenly, in 1912, the state governor ordered the forcible removal of all the island’s inhabitants. They were taken to the mainland, where no jobs, housing, or support were on offer. Responding to this forgotten moment in history, Theaster Gates has created “Amalgam,” a convergence of sculpture, installation, film, and dance (by choreographer Kyle Abraham) that speaks to the island and its stolen people. —E.C.

Installation view of “Theaster Gates: Amalgam,” Tate Liverpool, 13 December 2019 – 3 May 2020 © Mark McNulty.

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