“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… I never see his face.”
Amy Jackson, (Dudley, 2011)
A Far Cry examines the legacies of migration, on both sides of the Atlantic, via the experiences of those who came from the Caribbean to work in the factories of Britain, in the long austere years after the Second World War, and who never left.
The experiences of my parents in particular acts as a catalyst to open and explore the political landscape of Britain, during the last sixty years, but also the story of Jamaican migration, within a dialogue of race, identity and the global movements of people. Movements that cast lives in a temporaneous arc of what was, what has become and what could have been.
Boyd (1989) defines the domestic unit as "a sustenance unit" and "socialising agent" for migrant families. In this work I explore what remains at the of my mother and father's journey which is found within the four walls of their home.
BOYD, M. 1989 ‘Family and Personal Networks in International Migration: Recent Developments and New Agendas’ in International Migration Review, Vol.23, No. 3, pp. 638-670