Windrush: Portrait of a Generation – A photo-story by Jim Grover

In celebration of the Caribbean community in south London

Jim Grover is an award-winning photographer based in Clapham, south London. Jim’s images have appeared in various publications and online, including The Times, the BBC, The Guardian… to name but a few, and his images have been recognised in various competitions, including the Sony World Photography Awards and the Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards. In 2015, he won the ‘Faith Through a Lens’ – a competition that is funded by Congregational Insurance and supported by the Inter Faith Network and Churches Together in England.

Windrush: Portrait of a Generation is the latest photo-story by award-winning social documentary photographer, Jim Grover. The set of around 60 photographs portray the current lives and traditions of this first generation of Caribbean immigrants, who settled in south London and are part of its vibrant community.

The exhibition will include eight photo-stories that, together, encompass their daily lives: community clubs, dominoes, dancing, faith, the ‘Jamaican home’, the mother country, funerals and ‘nine nights’ (a tradition which marks the passing of a loved one). The exhibition also includes the story and photographs of Alford Gardner, now aged 92 and one of the tiny number of surviving original ‘Windrushers’. The photographs will be exhibited at the [email protected], Oxo Tower Wharf on London’s South Bank from 23rd May until 10th June 2018.

Many of the Windrush generation Grover photographed, now in their late 70s to 90s, still live in Brixton and Clapham in south London, as some of the very first ‘Windrushers’ were accommodated in the underground war shelter at Clapham South, and sought their first jobs at the Brixton labour exchange. Over the last nine months, Grover was invited into their homes, clubs, churches and memorials.

Jim said: “It’s been such a privilege to spend time hearing such inspiring stories within our local community. I feel it’s so important to document and celebrate the lives and traditions of this remarkable generation.”

The exhibition will be curated by Katy Barron, senior director at the Michael Hoppen Gallery. There will also be some remarkable personal stories from the Windrush generation, as well as two extended photo-stories running as slide shows, bringing to life a typical Jamaican funeral and the playing of dominoes.

This will be Grover’s second solo exhibition at [email protected] His first, held in 2016, was ‘Of Things Not Seen’, which told the story of a year in the life of a South London priest. It attracted over 7000 visitors, received extensive publicity, and has been on tour to several locations across the country – most recently at the 2017 Edinburgh Festival.

A private view and opening ceremony, attended by one of the last surviving passengers from the original Empire Windrush voyage, Alford Gardner, will take place on 24th May, at 6.30pm.

Windrush: Portrait of a Generation launches at London’s South Bank at the [email protected], Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, South Bank, London SE1 9PH from 23rd May to 10th June.

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Diana Whitehead

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