Coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the SS Empire Windrush at Tilbury docks, Jim Grover’s extensive photo-essay depicts the communities of first-generation migrants from the Caribbean that blossomed in Clapham and Brixton. The essay charts the lives of 11 Windrushers, with a series of archival photos complemented by interview transcripts, each introduced with new portraiture by Grover.
Together, the photo-stories offer a broad look at West Indian culture in South London, taking in the game of bones (or dominoes), the central role of the church in Caribbean family life, and Jamaican funerary rituals such as ‘Nine Night’. Some of these traditions persevere (bones is still played three times a week in Clapham clubrooms), but the exhibition also considers the lives of the second generation, and the decisions they face as to whether to continue with old customs from the Caribbean. Documenting both the personal stories of individuals, and the collective life of a community, this exhibition captures a piece of living history. Find out more about the ‘Windrush’ exhibition from its website.
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