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What does it mean to be human now? Four views by CYP x CALLY

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Photograph of a young woman wearing a face covering exploring an exhibition gallery space. The woman is standing to the right of frame, arms clasped across her body, reading an information panel on the front of a large circular wooden board. This text is hidden from view as the camera is looking at the back of this wooden board. Behind the board is a large TV screen mounted to a vertical rectangular board wich is covered in a blue patterned upper section and a re patterned lower section. On the screen is a still from a video showing a demonstration or protest with people carrying banner. One of the banners has the words, 'No justice, no peace, no racist police!' written on it. Behind the young woman the gallery space recedes into the distance, with further exhibits and two large windows.
What does it mean to be human now? Four views by CYP x CALLY, Photo: Steven Pocock. Source: Wellcome Collection. Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0).

This installation featured five short films exploring the question of being human during Covid-19 through poetry and monologues.

The project was led by 15 young people from Copenhagen Youth Project, and features perspectives drawn from local communities in the Caledonian and Barnsbury wards (‘Cally’), accompanied by footage from Black Lives Matter protests. 

The monologues are performed by Moses Gomes-Santos and the poem by Samuel King, with background music produced by Armani ‘Amzdatkid’ Malone, an attendee at Copenhagen Youth Project. The production was led by Blanguage.

This project is part of Wellcome Collection’s Youth Programme in partnership with Copenhagen Youth Project.

Watch the films online

CYP x CALLY meet Wellcome Collection

An intimate conversation led by Alain ‘Fusion’ Clapham with Isoa Tupua, Armani Malone and Antonette Bowen.

Two of the young participants from Copenhagen Youth Project meet at Wellcome Collection to discuss their first impressions of the installation, and the space they’re in: they live nearby, but never thought before to come into the building. They talk about belonging, identity, and the impact of Covid-19 and BLM on the young people and their local community.

Installation walkthrough

The installation is now closed, but you can watch this video of a walk through the gallery.