Artwork pupil defaces Bordeaux slave statue; no racist motive

PARIS (AP) — Bordeaux, the French metropolis that was a transit station within the slave commerce, feared that racism was behind the disfiguring of an African slave statue that was coated in what regarded like white paint. As an alternative, the statue was disfigured with plaster by an artwork pupil, town stated Tuesday.

A authorized criticism was filed and the statue of Modeste Testas, whose authentic identify was Al Pouessi, was instantly cleaned after the invention Monday of the vandalism.

On Tuesday, town of Bordeaux introduced that an artwork pupil with no racist motive was behind the whiting of the statue, whose head, arms and scarf have been coated in plaster. The criticism was withdrawn, however the metropolis denounced the unauthorized act.


“The scholar (stated) that no racist motivation was behind this motion,” a press release stated, with out figuring out the scholar. It added that “this remoted initiative” which disrespects artwork is unacceptable, “notably those who honor the reminiscence of victims of crimes towards humanity.”

Modeste Testas, apparently Ethiopian, was purchased as a young person in 1781 by two brothers from Bordeaux then taken to their sugar plantation within the Caribbean. The statue on the quai overlooking the port had been inaugurated in Could 2019 on France’s nationwide day marking slavery, the slave commerce and its abolition.

Bordeaux and the French port of Le Havre, additional north, have been a part of a triangle for the slave commerce that despatched captive Black individuals from Africa to slave house owners throughout the Atlantic Ocean.

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