This is our legacy

Londoners have been split over a new monument celebrating the Windrush generation – the capital’s first public exhibition commemorating the Caribbean community that has migrated to the UK since 1948.

Unveiled in Hackney, the sculpture depicts three Caribbean fruits and vegetables: seafood, breadfruit and sour sap.

Designed by British artist Veronica Ryan, who was born in Montserrat, it has been criticized on social networking sites by some as an “empty gesture” but many Windrush generations are still waiting for a solution to the scandal. New Home Office Policy.

Independent He spoke with Hackney residents who were excited and asked questions after the monument’s founding.

‘This Is Our Legacy’

Said photographer and lifelong Hackney resident, Crispian Blaze Independent The memorial was beautiful and believes it will help educate students about their Caribbean roots.

“This is the legacy of a lot of people in the region,” said Mr Blaze, a Dominican and Nigerian native.

“For me, it’s a great thing to have fruit here from our heritage because it’s still exporting here and it’s still playing a big part of people’s lives and it’s very nice.”

In response to criticism of the monument, Mr Blaze added: “I don’t know what they could put in.”

Mr. Blaze was asked to refer to his mother, Cecilia, who has been living in the area for four decades. She was taking photos this afternoon, apart from the monument, which she called a good reminder of her Caribbean heritage and a sign that Hackney was “above.”

The 27-year-old Hackney resident, Pete Burke, supports the eternity of the monument, saying its colors have drawn him.

“I think they’re in a good place … It’s a communal area for people,” Mr Burke said.

“I think it would be wonderful for Hackney if he were to stay here. It’s related to the wonderful Windrush generation and you don’t get much in the arts. This is a highly overlooked area of ​​the arts – God knows how long it’s been for a man.

Pete Burke said the new monument was good for Hackney

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Empire Windrush helped hundreds of West Indians rebuild post-war Britain to settle in London. Breadfruit, seafood and sourdough are popular foods in the Caribbean and have been consumed in the area for hundreds of years and are still enjoyed by the UK’s Caribbean population.

To celebrate National Windrush Day, another sculpture celebrating the Windrush generation will be released on June 22 next year by artist Thomas J. Price.

Bianca Run, a Caribbean-based administrator who lives in Hackney, said the monument confused her.

Mrs O’Dee said: “I’m happy to say that it appreciates the Windrush generation and art but it may be more important to represent black people.” Independent.

He said the panel could be a more appropriate memorial detailing how the Windrush generation helped support post-war Britain.

Bianca was confused by the OD monument

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Ms Odie’s sentiment was echoed on social media.

One user on Twitter wrote: “People died while waiting for relief, people were wrongly deported, never returned. But everything is fine! Here’s some grapefruit to thank. ”

Another said: “I get it for artistic purposes.

The importance of cultural visibility

At the unveiling of the memorial, which is part of Hackney Council’s focus on the Windrush generation, artist Veronica Ryan stressed the importance of cultural visibility and representation in public spaces.

“The Ridley Market here in Hadney is a thrilling place of excitement before going shopping with my mother. I’m not already on the market, but very happy to buy some lovely sour and custard apples in recent visits,” Ryan said.

“I like that the Hackney community represents some familiar fruits and vegetables in the sculptures and always enjoys these connections.”

The memorial was unveiled on October 1

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Said Edwin Coomazaru, a historian of modern and contemporary art visiting the exhibition Independent Public monuments often remind the “powerful whites.”

“I think it draws on the ecological histories of empire and migration. The metaphor of seeds and fruit but the history of extracting hostile environmental language and plant patterns, or the creation of planting systems throughout the British Empire,” Said Coomazaru.

He said the Windrush scandal was important to compensate victims but did not object to artists’ ability to commemorate the history of the Caribbean people in the UK.

In addition, on the criticism that a different monument might recall Windrush, Dr. Coomazaru said, “The big question is whether any artist or an object is sufficient to capture the entire heritage and community memory of such a group of people and we must necessarily demand this one?”

Independent Hackney has contacted the council for comment.

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