The much-anticipated Power of Stories exhibition, which includes a display
of sensational costumes from the hit film Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, will now open from 3 April to 29 August 2021.
Due to coronavirus restrictions, the exhibition was unable to open in July as planned. The exhibition will echo Black Panther’s inspirational call to millions of people around the world to think about where they came from and who they want to be.
From folklore to fake news, people have told stories for thousands of years.
A team of Community Curators, made up of local people, are working with
the museum to create an exhibition that encourages visitors to think about
how storytelling can be used as a tool to unite or divide people.
A community-led activity programme will also enrich local people’s experience of the exhibition. Ipswich Borough Council’s Museums Service Portfolio Holder Cllr Carole Jones has said: “The exhibition is a thrilling collaboration between museums and Ipswich’s community. We did not want to tell people how to get the most out of Power of Stories – we wanted them to inspire each other and visitors with their stories and, hopefully, to bring new audiences to the Mansion.
“I want to thank the community for joining us on such an exciting project
and I also want to thank Marvel Studios for the loan of these film costumes.
Having the opportunity to display them shows that our museum’s service has an international reputation with the support of Arts Council England and other partners.”
Power of Stories follows two epic exhibitions at the mansion – Kiss &
Tell: Rodin and Suffolk Sculpture and Ed Sheeran: Made in Suffolk. Now
Ipswich is breaking new ground again.
The outfits of T’Challa, Shuri and Okoye will sit alongside Marvel comics
and historic museum objects: from music to movies, carvings to cartoons,
this exhibition highlights how the stories we know shape the way we see
Phanuel Mutumburi, Business and Operations Director for Ipswich and
Suffolk Council for Racial Equality, is part of the group working on the
exhibition. He believes this is a huge opportunity for local young people to
take inspiration and to harness the positive energy the show will bring:
“Having representation on such an iconic film is as much for young black
people as it is for others to see and understand them. This exhibition will
contribute to shaping their sense of identity and provide opportunities for
people to participate in many ways.”
Curator Melanie Hollis has said: “Themes of storytelling and culture will be
explored along with local stories. Black Panther is a point at which museums, history and storytelling cross over beautifully. Some of the cultural traditions represented in the film can also be found in the Ipswich collections and it’s wonderful to be highlighting them in such a positive way. Museums are great spaces for sharing stories and for learning more about the world we live in. Weaving local voices into this display gives it much more meaning.”
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