Windrush generation, Charmaine Watkiss, black British artist
I made this work in response to They Didn’t Come To Stay, 2017. I wanted to continue the conversation about the ‘Windrush’ generation and the scandal which still persists.
I wanted to comment on the  fact that at the time I made the workat least 9 people had died before receiving compensation for being treated as illegal immigrants; even though many of the claimants had been living in the UK for 50 years.
There is a notable absence of the third 'crone' figure, and the mantle for justice has been passed on to the remaining two. I have deliberately worked with archetypes as a way to explain the continued fight for justice, and the sheer strengh and determination needed to continue.
Pencil, graphite powder, silver wax on Fabriano paper - 175 x 130 cm, 2021
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