Postponed to Summer 2021
CLOTH AND CREATIVITY IN AFRICAN-ATLANTIC CULTURES Cardiff, UK
Organised by Charlotte Hammond, Cardiff University. firstname.lastname@example.org
The opening of the accompanying exhibition Cloth/Ffabrig/Twal at BayArt gallery featuring performances and new work by Lucille Junkere, Barbara Prézeau Stephenson (https://prezeau-stephenson.com/) and Rose Sinclair (https://www.gold.ac.uk/design/staff/sinclair/) , and the launch of Barbara Prézeau Stephenson’s new book Le Cercle atlantique – The Atlantic Circle.
Cloth has functioned as an important medium of creativity and resistance in African- Atlantic communities. From the intricately spun yarns of the trickster Anansi to the meticulously sewn suits of the Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans, fabric and textiles have a long history of communicating unique and connected identities within African diasporas. During the colonial era, fabric bundles imported by plantation owners were styled and fashioned by enslaved men and women of colour who used their bodies as ‘canvasses of representation’ (Hall). For marginalised communities, cloth and clothing speaks and signifies as a visual and performative language of resistance (Buckridge). This is what Haitian scholar Michel-Rolph Trouillot referred to as ‘individual signature’ in African-Atlantic cultural contexts.
This interdisciplinary workshop will consider cloth and its myriad material forms as innovative expressions of identity, collective and ‘individual signature’, and modes of creative resistance in African-Atlantic cultures. More specifically, Cloth and Creativity in African-Atlantic Cultures aims to explore different fabrics in African-Atlantic communities: their origins, complex migrations, commercial exchanges and personal, social and ritual meanings. It seeks to question how the creative act of making garments and crafting textiles offers potential for self-crafting and community organisation in the face of continued inequalities, racial oppressions and global imperialisms. We are also interested in discussing the development of both new and traditional techniques of cloth production, dye technologies, and creative processes that embed environmental sustainability and circularity.
26 May 2020
Summer Exhibition Sunday, July 28 – October 27, 2019
The National Gallery of Jamaica Summer Exhibition 2019 opens on Sunday, July 28, until October 27, 2019. It’s a group show with exhibition selections including sculpture, fibre and textile arts, painting, photography, mixed-media works, as well as large-scale installations. My Yorùbá Blues series is included in the show.
The Yorùbá Blues responds to my ongoing research of Jamaica’s former indigo plantations linking to my 2016 Winston Churchill travel Fellowship to Nigeria to study indigo dyeing practices and pattern making amongst Yorùbá artisans. A link between Jamaica and Nigeria exists through Yorùbá indentured labourers arriving in Jamaica from the 1840s. They settled mostly in Hanover and Westmoreland and one of their villages is named after the Nigerian Yorùbá city Abẹòkuta. These indentured workers were able to preserve their cultural traditions in ways denied to those who had been brought to Jamaica as enslaved. Their descendants known in Jamaica as Ettu and Nago continue to practice their traditional cultural practices to maintain their ancestral connections.
My series takes inspiration from the structure of Yorùbá indigo dyed cloths called àdìrẹ. The cloths incorporates intricate patterns and complex symbols reflecting indigenous Yorùbá society, providing a valuable insight into Yoruba religion, culture, folklore and history. The patterns are passed down through generations with the cloth functioning as clothing and a means of communication, especially for Yorùbá women, because originally àdìrẹ textiles were made entirely by women.
The Yorùbá Blues explores the notion of an ‘African Jamaican identity’ similar to the approach taken by photographer Armet Francis who reconstructed in visual terms the “underlying unity of the black people who, colonialism and slavery distributed across the African diaspora” (Francis, 1985).
Monday 20 May 2019 – Sunday 30 June 2019 at the African Caribbean Institute of Jamaica/Jamaica Memory Bank. Google Map Link
7 JUNE 2019 14:00 – 16:00 EXHIBITION TALK AND DISCUSSION BOOK
14 JUNE 2019 14:00 – 16:00 CARIBBEAN IDENTITY AND STORYTELLING PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSIONBOOK
28 June 2019 14:00 – 16:00 Design Workshop BOOK
Excited to be on the panel this Sat 15th Dec at the National Gallery of Jamaica. I don’t have work in their current exhibition Beyond Fashion but the complex and varied themes including legacies of slavery and colonisation, identity, fast fashion, and environmental sustainability told through cloth, sculpture, photography, painting and other mixed media resonate completely with my work especially my current Jamaican project. It’s a salon-style discussion so many opportunities to explore these important themes and to see the show.
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Poster © National Gallery of Jamaica
31 July 2018 – 12 August 2018
Indigo Residency and pop exhibition curated by Rachel Jones
Tuesday 31 July 10am – 6pm
Wednesday I August 10am – 6pm
Thursday 2 August 12:30pm – 5pm
Friday 3 August 10am – 6pm
Sunday 5 August 10am – 6pm
Tuesday 7 August 10am – 6pm
Wednesday 8 August 10am – 6pm
Friday 10 August 10am – 6pm
Saturday 11 August Indigo dye workshop booking essential
Sunday 12 August 10am – 5pm
Pop Up Exhibition
See opening days/times above
The Yorùbá Blues is the name of Lucille’s Winston Churchill Fellowship and her creative response to the trip, 18 pieces of embroidery stitches on indigo-dyed paper. The exhibition includes a selection of Yorùbá indigo dyed resist cloth called àdìrẹ and the materials and tools involved in the process of making in àdìrẹ.
2 August 2018 7:00 pm – 9:30pm
Booking not required
Join us to hear Lucille talk about her indigo dyeing journey, a residency at the William Morris Gallery, researching former indigo plantations in Jamaica and a Winston Churchill Fellowship to study indigo dyeing techniques amongst Yorùbá artisans in Nigeria and now a Leverhulme Fellowship to continue the Jamaican research. Àdírẹ is the Yoruba word for the resist dyed cloth made in Yorùbá towns in Nigeria. The textile functions both as an aesthetic expression and a means of communication, offering a deep insight into Yorùbá religion, culture, folklore and history. Lucille’s talk will be illustrated with short videos and photographs.
11 August 10am – 4:00pm
Learn how to create and maintain a simple non toxic indigo recipe which you can re-create at home. You will also learn simple pattern making techniques inspired by traditional Nigerian Yorùbá indigo cloths to create your own beautiful indigo dyed textile samples which you can take home and use for your own projects. The workshop is for adult beginners.
Please bring your lunch, rubber gloves and a bag to take home your wet samples.
Booking essential please contact email@example.com, T: 02920 455473 | M: 07598 972771 for booking.
Artist’s Blues Soundtrack
12 August 2pm – 4pm
Booking not required
Last chance to see the exhibition whilst enjoying the sounds of a selection of Lucille’s blues & jazz vinyl records.
Si Wi Yah: Sartorial Representations of the African Diaspora 5-6 May 2018
The Costume Institute of the African Diaspora’s first dress conference seeks to understand how Diaspora communities came to be visually represented or have developed the agency to represent themselves and establish their identities through clothing and adornment. The conference workshops take place on Saturday 5 May 2018 Senate House, University of London, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU 10am – 1.30pm.
Lucille will join the event on Saturday 5th May to deliver a workshop.
The Yorùbá Blues – What can we learn from Yorùbá indigo-dyed textiles?
Details – Textile artist and indigo dyer Lucille Junkere takes inspiration from her 2017 Winston Churchill travel Fellowship to southwestern Nigeria for this salon-style workshop. She will introduce you to the visual language of Yorùbá indigo-dyed cloths through photographs, video, and textiles. The session includes an experimental mark making class where you will explore different techniques to create your own patterns which speak to your personal cultural identity. Resources provided.
The Select Festival 5 – 6 May 2018
Join Lucille at Select Trail 2018 exhibiting as part of the My Nature group exhibition on May 5 – 6th 2018 in Gallery 2, Museum in the Park, Stratford Park, Stroud GL5 4AF from 11am – 5pm.
Lucille will be present at the evening talk 5pm – 7pm on Saturday 5th May and running mini demonstrations and available to answer any questions about her work on Sunday 6th May 2018.
The Makers Dozen 10 – 12 May 2018
Top Floor Jacob’s Market, West Canal Wharf, Cardiff Wales CF10 5DB
Launch event 10 May 2018 18:00 – 20:00
Exhibition open 11 -12 May 2018 10:00 -17:00