From Whence We Came
This work in progress is the third chapter in a trilogy exploring the psychological effects of migration experienced by those who traveled between Jamaica and the UK - and their descendents who would follow. As the child of parents from Jamaica, born in England, I have often questioned where I belong, as I have experienced the traumas of being told that I didn’t.
The taunt, “why don’t you go back home to where you came from” has historically been one used against migrants. In this light, the question of identity is intrinsically linked to notions of belonging and that having a fixed, clear perception of ‘home’ is fundamental to one’s mental health and well-being.
But what about members of diasporic communities caught between two homes and who search for a sense of belonging and connection to both?
This ongoing work, as the 3rd chapter in my series of works made within the Caribbean after From a Small Island, seeks to explore the desire to return from whence they came, via both voluntary and involuntary ways, as much as it does the nature of belonging.
In due course, this work in progress enables me to create an ambitious new work that seeks to explore the psychological effects of migration as experienced by diasporic African Caribbean communities.