S&S Caribbean Cafe 2018

The Caribbean Takeaway is an important cultural meeting place in the Caribbean community. A home from home, the kitchen is where meals are prepared, but also where stories are exchanged and shared. Going back to African roots, cooking and the Dutch pot or cooking pot was the central place for the family activity. The takeaway has just as much cultural importance as the barbershop and the hairdressing salon for black communities living and working in the UK.

Ten selected Caribbean elders who arrived in the UK between the 1940’s-1960’s shared their stories with the public using voice and sound recordings. Their stories reveal their journeys, the impact of their contribution to British society and their legacy.

See BBC EAST interview with one of our Windrush Elders Lenore Sykes and Creative Director & Artist EVEWRIGHT on our Latest News page.

Artist EVEWRIGHT devised a further intervention in the takeaway café space created wall and table collages in conjunction with special limited-edition portraits of the participants using photo etching as a medium. The image are to signify the fading memories and recall of family, friends of the past and present. Even some personal documents are shown of a family member in the Homeland asking to receive financial remittance. This project, Caribbean Takeaway Takeover: Identities and Stories, is exhibited free to the public at S&S Caribbean Café & Takeaway, a focus for the black community in Colchester. However the story of migration has alway been a current one and this installation helps to give insight into the lives of these Ten British adventurers from the Windrush Generation.

The space is taken over, repurposed and transformed into an art installation where sound recordings of the elder’s stories are played throughout the day. The takeaway will continue to function as an eatery allowing visitors an opportunity to sample Caribbean cuisine and experience the stories in a unique environment.

See BBC EAST interview with one of our Windrush Elders Lenore Sykes and Creative Director & Artist EVEWRIGHT on our Latest News page.

Press Release
http://conta.cc/2KNAlqo

 

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Above photographs: Photo etchings of Alford Gardner Empire Windrush passenger, Lenore Sykes, Alton Watkins,Tina Aparicio, Don Sydney, Gloria Whyte, Hamilton Williams, Nell Green, Carlton Darrell, Carol Sydney. Site specific art installation detail from SS Caribbean Cafe. © EVEWRIGHT all rights reserved 2018

 

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Credits:

Sound and art site-specific Art Installation
Artist /Artistic Director EVEWRIGHT
www.evewright.com

Producer
Ionie Richards

Sound Edit
Maverick Litchfield- Kelly

Volunteers Jonathan Grant, Danielle Apenteng, Jetha Makieleka,
Cherina Darrell- Sutherland

Funders Heritage Lottery Fund

Supporter Essex Records Office

Special thanks to elders for their beautiful stories: Alford Gardner, Lenore Sykes, Alton Watkins, Tina Aparicio, Don Sydney, Gloria Whyte, Hamilton Williams, Nell Green, Carlton Darrell, Carol Sydney, Simone Grant S&S Caribbean Cafe.

Jane Palmer The Handsome Prints Company.
Indi Sandhu Essex Cultural Diversity Project.
Nick Richards Thameside Studios.

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