Made in Britain by Josiah. F. Akushie
Inspiration for all at Willesden Green
18 October to 11 November 2011
Raymond Daley, the curator, says: “Inspiration can be given to us through the passion and determination of others when we have the drive to succeed against the odds and the will to open the doors of opportunity. The exhibition explores our perceptions, simulations and creative intentions which enliven us. Is the power to inspire absolute or is it a collective effort? “
The exhibition will portray the achievements of British people of Caribbean and African descent and also those who have influenced them. This will include celebrities and great achievers such as Princess Diana, Amy Winehouse, Lennox Lewis, Tessa Sanderson, Germaine Defoe etc.
Talk by international speaker and author Dr Hakim Adi, discussing the transition of the African and Caribbean Diaspora 3 November 7pm
Artists: Raymond Daley, Gary Tenant and Josiah F. Akushie
Curator by Raymond Daley 07828 164 377
An Exhibition by Jean Joseph
We’ve already paid – Journeys and Kinship
Humanscape by Jean Joseph
18 October – 11 November 2011
‘We’ve already paid – Journeys and Kinship’ was inspired in Ghana. The series of works make up a narrative, featuring mixed media paintings and three-dimensional work. The paintings combine visual components with historical signifiers, creating chronological incongruities; past and present visualisations of a shared transatlantic history of the African Continent and the Diaspora, chiefly, West Africa.
The architectural features of the West African traditional door symbolises the two faces. Linking at the threshold is the architectural type with a troubling history – the slave trading fortresses on Ghana’s Cape Coast, principally, the world heritage memorial, Elmina. The other component within the works is the agro-economy of sugar cane and its role in the European-controlled African enslavement industry. This is expressed in the three-dimensional work portraying resistance, while reconnection through the transatlantic journeys takes the form of a wall of recognition – an installation of faces, representing products from the Diaspora that suggest the question, “Here we are [Mother]. Do you not recognise us?”
“As an African born in the Caribbean, my first visit to Ghana and the Continent was a joyful, spiritual and painful experience. I journeyed with my sister and Ghanaian friends. It was an opportunity for cultural and spiritual reconnection. On arrival at the visitors’ reception at both Elmina and Cape Coast Castle, an entrance fee was quoted in Ghanaian Cedis and U S Dollars: The natural response from the Diaspora was: ‘We’ve already paid’. Hence the title of the series.” Jean Joseph – firstname.lastname@example.org