Inspired by the recent Black Lives Matter movement, my project stems from my own heritage and identity, but also around a beautiful culture which thrives here in Cardiff Bay. Acknowledging our complex ancestries and understanding where we come from gives us a sense of belonging and a sense of pride. I recently discovered my own family’s past—my Great Grandfather emigrated to Cardiff Bay from the Caribbean and started my family here during a time when racism was very much alive. Despite this he became part of such an important generation of people who brought Caribbean culture to the United Kingdom, which to this day still makes me proud.
This body of work is a journey beginning with his arrival, through to the cultural influence of the Caribbean, and onto my own family. Discovering and uncovering my family’s past is a search for my own identity.