Happy International Women’s Day 2021. In 2019/2020, we had the privilege of meeting and hearing the stories of 11 women from African-Caribbean communities talking about ‘home’ and their relationship with ‘back home’. Photographer Vanley Burke took beautiful portraits of these women in their homes. We recorded some of their stories and using Augmented Reality, created art works, some of which were exhibited at Birmingham Hippodrome last year. We also interviewed Vanley on his allotment in Handsworth. He describes his experiences of the pandemic and African Liberation Day 1977 in Handsworth Park. All 12 interviews are available to view on the ‘home’ page.
For all of us, our relationship with ‘Home’ has changed dramatically over the last year. As we emerge with new stories and thoughts we’ve reconnecting with the ‘Home’ group of women to consider the shifts, contrasts and changes since our last conversations.
We had hoped that the ‘Home’ exhibition would tour in 2020 so instead we are sharing the exhibition with you through our website, coinciding with International Women’s Day – ideal for celebrating this group of Women