Slave owner Sir Thomas Picton portrait returns in bid to reframe past

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Slave owner Sir Thomas Picton portrait returns in bid to reframe past

A portrait of slave owner Sir Thomas Picton has been put back on display, albeit boxed up-and alongside new artworks and information that "reframes" his place in history.

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The portrait was removed from National Museum Cardiff in November following scrutiny of memorials to slave owners.

The museum commissioned two artworks from Trinidadian artists to reframe his legacy and give a voice to his victims.

Young people also worked with curators to provide additional context.

Previously, information accompanying the portrait of Picton, who was from Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, hailed him as a hero of the Battle of Waterloo.

It had not included his brutal treatment of the people of Trinidad, including the torture of 14-year-old Luisa Calderon.

One of the new artworks - an installation called The Wound is a Portal - is by multidisciplinary artist Gesiye who is from Trinidad and Tobago and has Nigerian heritage.

Eight photographic portraits of Trinidadians baring tattoos and a short film adorn the walls of a dark room.

Gesiye said she found black Trinidadians who were willing for her to tattoo them by placing adverts in newspapers and putting up flyers on all the streets in Trinidad named after Picton.

"I'm using tattooing to kind of bring people together to share this connected story, but also to create a space where we feel safe to have these conversations about things that are usually quite painful and that we might otherwise avoid talking about," she said.