WINDRUSH STORIES: Twelve Caribbean elders share their experiences of life in Britain as part of the installation
CARIBBEAN TAKEAWAY Takeover, an interactive pop-up art and sound installation showcasing the stories of Windrush generation elders by artist EVEWRIGHT is coming to the Migration Museum later this month.
For one month, the installation will take over the Breathing Space Café at the museum located in Lambeth, south London. The space will be repurposed and transformed into an art installation featuring limited-edition photo etchings of 12 Windrush Generation elders, produced by artist EVEWRIGHT, along with audio interviews and sound recordings of these Windrush Pioneers compiled by his team at Evewright Arts Foundation (EAF).
The installation takes its inspiration from the Caribbean takeaway, an important cultural meeting place in the Caribbean community.
It will be an immersive experience, with walls and table tops covered in vinyls, photographs and documents of participants to reflect their lives and memories. Visitors will have the chance to listen to Alford Gardner’s experience on the Empire Windrush in 1948, and hear how these 12 elders tackled racism and were able to overcome barriers to make a life in Britain as a result of their perseverance and resilience. The installation will also explore the legacy of the Windrush Generation and the impact they’ve had on Britain today.
EVEWRIGHT said: “This work is about the sharing, celebrating and preservation of our stories and history. Art is a good way of ensuring the stories of these pioneers from the Windrush Generation are remembered. Their presence has left a legacy and impact on future generations and British society as a whole. This installation is informative, educational and immersive and I am delighted to see how it engages a diverse range of people to experience and enjoy.”
“This is an excellent idea to keep history alive. Black people need to know where they come from, to help them to move forward,” Carol Sydney, one of the Windrush elders who contributed to the project said.
Visitors will be encouraged to commemorate their own parent’s arrival by adding their own stories to passport postcards on our memorial wall or online.
The free installation is open to the public from June 1.
The programme will include a Caribbean activity day and spoken-word event on Saturday, June 22, as part of the inaugural nationwide Windrush Day celebrations.
An artist talk as part of the Migration Museum’s TalkingART Lates series will be held on Thursday, June 27, with artist EVEWRIGHT.
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