The exhibition is a collaboration between De Illustratie Ambassade, The House of Illustration (London) and The Black Archives. It features the work of W. E. B. Du Bois, one of the most important and influential African-American activists and intellectuals of the 20th century. With his amazing - but little known - collection of infographics, he challenged pseudo-scientific racism, making the visual arguments as powerful as his textual ones. 

In addition to Du Bois's data visualisations, the exhibition presents works by Mona Chalabi, Data Editor at The Guardian, in which she reworks the characteristic clean lines, shapes and primary colours of his images. Chalabi's work shows the enduring relevance of Du Bois's infographics and the racial inequalities he fought against. The Black Archive made its knowledge, archive and collection available for research, inspiration and the exhibition W. E. B. Du Bois: Charting Black Lives.

WEB Du Bois: Charting Black Lives is co-curated by Paul Goodwin, professor at the University of the Arts London, curator, scholar and specialist in Black urbanism. Exhibition designer Violetta Boxill based her design on Du Bois' original exhibition based on photographs from 1900. The Black Archives (TBA) is a historical archive and cultural center where people can go for inspiring conversations, substantive activities and books from Black and other perspectives that often remain underexposed elsewhere. The more than 10,000 books and artifacts in the collections are about racism, slavery and (de)colonization, gender and feminism, social sciences, Suriname, the former Netherlands Antilles, South America, Africa and more. TBA makes its knowledge, archive and collection available for research, inspiration and the exhibition WEB Du Bois: Charting Black Lives.

An exhibition not to miss for anyone interested in illustration and its social relevance!


Meterhuis, Pazannistraat 6, Westergas, Amsterdam
10 november t/m 29 december 2021

Opening hours:

Wednesday to Sunday from 12:00 to 17:00. Westergas
Entrance fee €5,- (excluding reservation costs)