“No-one on that ship thought we’d be leaving home forever, but when my father hugged me on the dockside, for some reason, I knew I’d never see him again. I still see my father; you know, in my mind at least, after all these years. But I can’t see his face. No matter how hard I try.”
– Amy Jackson
From a Small Island is a major new photographic exhibition by Andrew Jackson, opening at the Midland Arts Centre in Birmingham on 5th May – 8th July 2018. It explores the psychological impacts of migration through first, second and third generations of migrants from Jamaica.
It takes a personal perspective on migration to the United Kingdom and asks key questions relating to continued debates on migration:
How does home manifest for those within the African Diaspora?
What happens when many spaces have been posited as home?
What happens when narratives of home and belonging are denied through the legacy of colonialism?
This new series explores themes of identity, migration, memory and family and asks the question - what has been the legacy of migration from one small island to another for those who chose to say and not go home?
Jackson was selected for the Autograph ABP 2018 Light Work Artist-in-Residence program in Syracuse, NY, enabling him to produce the works on show in ‘From Small Island’ at MAC Birmingham.