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Why do we care about statues?

The killing of African American George Floyd ignited anti-racist protests globally - many centred on statues associated with colonialism and slavery. But why attack statues?

The killing of African American George Floyd ignited anti-racist protests around the world - many centred on statues associated with colonialism and slavery. Why do these figures of bronze and stone generate such strong feelings? And what do they tell us about how countries deal with their past?

Contributors:
Sarah Beetham Chair of Liberal Arts at the Pennsylvania Academy in the Fine Arts.
Ghaith Abdul-Ahad journalist for The Guardian newspaper.
AGK Menon, architect, urban planner and founder of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage.
Daniel Libeskind, architect.

Presenter: Kavita Puri

(Protesters attempt to pull down the statue of Andrew Jackson near the White House June 22, 2020 in Washington, DC. Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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