Jen Reid

Jen Reid's statue in Bristol causes controversy among artists

Artist Marc Quinn's statue of activist Jen Reid was set up on the empty plinth where slave trader Edward Colston's statue stood for 125 years in Bristol, England. The statue generated a division among artists in favor and against the artists intentions. But what does Jen Reid think of this? Check out the video below for the answer.

  • Contemporary English artist, Marc Quinn has caused a division in the art world.
  • The white London-based artist has been question for his statue of black activist Jen Reid. Some suggest it doesn't help the Black Lives Matter movement.

Artist Marc Quinn admits erecting the statue without the city's permission. The art piece titled "A Surge of Power (Jen Reid) 2020," was going to be temporary, but perhaps intended to last more than 24 hours like it did. Some were disappointed they pulled it down others said the fact that Quinn was a white artist didn't help the Black Lives Matter movement. Whatever the case, the statue will be held at Bristol's City Council museum for the artist to pick up or donate to the collection of the museum. 

Quinn contacted Reid himself, and she was happy to take part in the intervention. He based the artwork on a photograph of Bristol activist. Reid stood on the empty plinth after the Colston statue had been pulled down. Quinn said the statue "is an embodiment and amplification of Jen's ideas and experiences, and of the past, present and her hope for a better future." 

"It is such a powerful image, of a moment I felt had to be materialized, forever." Marc Quinn

The artist said he wanted to highlight the "institutionalized and systemic racism that everyone has a duty to face up to." Reid decided to collaborate with Quinn because she wants to "keep the journey towards racial justice and equity moving."


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