Malawi-born Samson Kambalu’s sculpture Antelope, depicts a 1914 photograph of Baptist preacher John Chilembwe and European missionary John Chorley. His design has been chosen for Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth and will go on display in 2022.
Kambalu’s sculpture proposes to portray Chilembwe with his hat on – defying a colonial rule that banned Africans from wearing hats in the presence of white people – a larger than life, while Chorley is life-size – elevating Chilembwe and his story, revealing the hidden narratives of underrepresented people in the history of the British Empire in Africa and beyond.
The two new works were chosen from a shortlist of six artists, with the public also invited to have their say. Almost 17,500 people voted.