In celebration of Black History Month Caribbean TakeawayTakeover: Identities and Stories by EVEWRIGHT, a soundand art installation, has now been commissioned andtransferred to Lloyds Banking Group,14th Floor Restaurantat their London Wall building in the heart of London’s financial district. The space has been taken over,re-purposed and transformed into a site-specific art and sound experience from (30th October - 30th November 2019).The installation commemorates and celebrates the livesof 12 Windrush elders.
EVEWRIGHT, a multi-disciplinary visual installation artist, challenges public environments to make spaces for Black British stories to exist and thrive. He creates mirrors where he can see and recognise himself to instigate conversations in the mainstream about what it means to be Black and British in the UK today.
This pop-up exhibition is based on a site-specific installation originally staged in Colchester, Essex in 2018 by artist EVEWRIGHT, who took over and transformed S&S Caribbean Takeaway, the only Caribbean-owned working takeaway in Colchester. The idea was to create an innovative and engaging installation in an informal setting owned and controlled by the Caribbean community.
This installation has now been commissioned and transferred to Lloyds Banking Group, 14th Floor Restaurant at their London Wall building, which has been taken over, re-purposed and transformed into a site-specific art and sound experience from
(30th October - 30th November 2019).
The installation features a memory glass wall with photographs, documents and memorabilia of the lives of 12 Windrush elders at the entrance to the serving area. In the dining area of the restaurant the front profile of the original takeaway in Colchester is featured and eight tables are covered with images of the elders and their memories. Visitors to the installation can hear the elders' stories about their experiences of coming to the UK and their contributions to British society. QR codes are placed on images on the tables in the installation and users on site are able to download a QR reader and scan the codes to access the audio recordings.
The elders are: Alford Gardner, Lenore Sykes, Alton Watkins, Tina Aparicio, Don Sydney, Gloria Whyte, Hamilton Williams, Nell Green, Carlton Darrell, Carol Sydney, Allan Wilmot, Clarice Reid.