People are calling on the Barbican Theatre in London to drop its plans to host a "racist" exhibition which features black actors chained in shackles and in cages.
The exhibition, titled "Exhibit B", is by South African artist Brett Bailey. Bailey says that the show is intended to "confront European notions of racial supremacy and the current plight of immigrants."
But critics have described the exhibition as a "human zoo", a 19th-century phenomenon where white Europeans and Americans viewed people of colour in public venues.
The planned exhibition has caused outrage in London, where a #boycottthehumanzoo campaign is putting pressure on the Barbican not to show the artist's work later this month.
Yesterday, people protested outside the venue with banners saying "I am somebody."
Bailey responded to criticism in 2012, when the exhibition was showing in Berlin, saying: "This is not a human zoo. It's performance theater. In every city where we show this work, we work with local performers who take control of it."'
Rossalyn Warren is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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