Hushed – On indigo and other things that moved

Between 2019 and 2020, Ndidi Dike developed a new body of research for the artist’s first presentation in Scotland. The exhibition was to focus on a site-specific installation, and the artist’s presence in Scotland was imperative to the creation of the work.

Instead, in response to the pandemic, a publication of the same name unpicks Dike’s research into the colonial cloth trade, paying particular attention to indigo plants in conjunction with interlinking research by various other artists. Hushed includes:

  • Images from Dike’s research.
  • A conversation with curator Natalia Palombo.
  • An interview with Joyce Woodcock.
  • Text commissioned from artists Raisa Kabir and Lucille Junkere. 

In some ways, the commissioned texts sit outside the project, inviting the artists to create new work that responds to their artistic practice and personal and professional relationship with Indigo and Jute. 

Lucille’s contribution to the publication is a personal memoir about her Churchill Travel Fellowship to south-western Nigeria to study indigo dyeing and pattern making amongst Yorùbá artisans. 

Click HERE to download a copy of the document. Lucille would be delighted to receive feedback on her contribution.

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