MUST SEE: Windrush: Portrait of a Generation
WINDRUSH: PORTRAIT of a Generation is the latest photo-story by award-winning social documentary photographer Jim Grover and runs at the [email protected], Oxo Tower Wharf on London’s South Bank from 24th May until 10th June 2018. Free for all 11am – 6pm daily
The set of 60, predominantly black and white photographs and accompanying narrative, portray the current lives and traditions of this first generation of Caribbean migrants, who settled in south London and are part of its vibrant community.
The photographs are themed into groups of photo-stories that, together, encompass their daily lives; community clubs; customs, dominoes; dancing; faith; family gatherings; the Jamaican home; service to the mother country; funerals; and nine nights’ (a tradition which marks the passing of a loved one).
The exhibition leads with an opening portrait and personal story of Alford Gardner, now aged 92 and one of the tiny number of surviving original ‘Windrushers’.
Many of the Windrush generation Grover photographed, now in their late 60s to 90s, still live in Brixton and Clapham in south London, as some of the very first ‘Windrushers’ were accommodated in the underground war shelter at Clapham South and sought their first jobs at the Brixton labour exchange. Over the last ten months, Grover was invited into their homes, clubs, churches, and memorials.
This will be Grover’s second solo exhibition at [email protected] His first, held in 2016, was ‘Of Things Not Seen’ which told the story of a year in the life of a South London priest.
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