Aspiring Young Artist Brings to Life “a long-lasting message about racism”

A ground-breaking art project in Leicester’s St Peter’s Square is changing perceptions and raising awareness of racial justice thanks to an aspiring young artist with a powerful message.

20-year-old Gabs Ubakanma, a fine art student in Leicester, was given the exciting opportunity to take part in the ‘The World Reimagined’ – a free trail of giant globe sculptures set to bring to life the reality and impact of the Transatlantic Trade in Enslaved Africans across seven UK cities.

The Mighty Creatives is an official partner of the national event, and enlisted Gabs’ help to design the eye-catching structure, which is now on display in St Peter’s Square, High Cross with the powerful theme, ‘Still We Rise’.

“I jumped at the chance to be part of this project as I wanted to help spread an uplifting and inspiring message to the younger generation that racism will not be tolerated. I consider myself to be part of the global majority so this of course something I feel very passionate about, and while lots has improved over the years, there is still a long way to go,” said Gabs.

For me art is another way to convey a message, lesson or idea. It can be simple or abstract, but incredibly powerful all at the same time. I am planning to use all my art skills to bring to life what I want to be a long-lasting message about racism.”

Gabs worked with lead artist Hannaa Hamdache from The Mighty Creatives on the project, and says her focus was to tell stories of African and UK ancestors who have overcome slavery through art.

“The globe is very colourful with patterns, symbols and imagery which represent people through history who have defeated slavery with sheer determination and strength,” Gabs added.

“When people come to see the finished globe, they have been recognising the people who went before them, and who overcame terrible adversity. It is encouraging people to not give up, and reassuring them that they are not alone and that they should never fear being judged. To have played my part in creating a piece of art that is inspiring people in this way is so exciting.

“I think The Mighty Creatives mission to support creative programmes that allow young people like myself to express themselves is the type of opportunity every member of the global majority should take.”

Hannaa Hamdache, Creative Communities Manager, The Mighty Creatives added: “We are delighted with the finished globe and the encouraging feedback we have received from members of the public. We hope The Mighty Creatives involvement in this project will change perceptions and raise awareness of racial justice in Leicestershire and beyond.”

The Mighty Creatives globe is one of 10 huge sculptures in The World Reimagined free art trail.

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