Journeys and kinship
24 February - 4 November 2012
Journeys and kinship, a thought provoking display, opens at the Museum of London Docklands on 24 February 2012.
The display showcases the creative output of a community collaboration project, involving a group of young Londoners who worked with visual artist Jean Joseph, Caribbean Calypso musician Alexander D Great and Yvonne Wilson from Equi-Vision - a training organisation for young people.
The display explores further the themes highlighted by London, Sugar and Slavery - a permanent gallery at the Museum of London Docklands - which documents London’s involvement in the trans-Atlantic slave trade.
The centrepiece of Journeys and kinship is an artwork by Joseph. Sale Over Centuries, 2010, is made up of the plaster face-casts of 42 people from the African Diaspora who were born in and/or currently live in London. The casts elicit debate on the structure of faces and demonstrate how resemblances can carry across generations and geographies.
In response to Joseph’s work, the young Londoners explored issues of enslavement, London’s involvement in the trade and the African Diaspora. They then created an exhibit including their own face-casts, alongside original music, film and photography, documenting the project.
Simon Patrick Duffy, young Londoner and project participant, said: “The project provided me with a great platform to expand my knowledge and understanding of the slave trade and also express my own thoughts and feelings about it in an artistic forum”
Jean Joseph, artist, said: “It has been a rewarding experience to assist in validating the genuine talent of the group through the aid of artistic visual stimuli. The energy of a multi-disciplined team and the exploratory nature of the project, has culminated in a very personal, yet pertinent output”
Journeys and kinship open on the 24 February and runs until the 4 November 2012. Entry is free.
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