South London Memories: Windrush in pictures

Leading church figures in South London have joined forces to bring Windrush: Portrait of a Generation – a moving photographic exhibition to Clapham and Brixton to be re-exhibited among the community which both inspired and featured in many of the images.

The Reverend Canon Dr Rosemarie Mallett and Reverend Kit Gunasekera of St John’s Angell Town, Brixton and St James, Clapham respectively, have invited award-winning social documentary photographer Jim Grover to exhibit his set of 80 predominantly black and white photographs and accompanying narrative in their respective church’s during October and November, which overlaps with Black History Month.

The exhibition, portrays the current lives and traditions of the first generation of Caribbean migrants, who settled in Brixton and Clapham.

The photographs are themed into groups of photo-stories that, together, encompass their daily lives including; community clubs; customs, dominoes; dancing; faith; family gatherings; the Jamaican home; service to the mother country; funerals; and Nine Night’ (a tradition which marks the passing of a loved one).

The exhibition leads with an opening portrait and personal story of Alford Gardner, now aged 92 and one of the tiny number of surviving original ‘Windrushers’.

The photo-essay was photographed by Grover, a Clapham local, over 11 months, ending in April 2018.

He said: “I am so pleased that we are staging the exhibition in Clapham and Brixton; it feels like it is coming home. I so enjoyed spending so much time with this remarkable community here in South London; this photo story is their story and it is truly inspiring.”

In addition, remarkable personal stories from the Windrush generation, based on interviews with Jim Grover, as well as extended photo-stories running as slide shows, that bring to life a typical Jamaican funeral, the playing of dominoes and portraits from the members of the Stockwell Good Neighbours Club, will be featured.

Windrush: Portrait of a Generation Admission is free.

St. James’s Church, Park Hill, Clapham, SW4 9PB Monday, October 15-Sunday, 28 October 28, Mon-Wed 11am-6pm,Thurs-Fri 11am-9pm, Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 2pm-6pm https://www.stjamesclapham.org. uk.

St. John’s Angell Town, 49 Wiltshire Road, Brixton, London, SW9 7NE. Thursday, November 1 to Thursday, November 15 – 2pm-6pm Monday to Saturday https://stjohnsangelltown.church

For for information about the exhibition and Jim Grover can be found at: www.windrushportraitof ageneration.com.

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