Each and every one of us, wherever we are, and however we identify, are attempting to belong to something. Whether it be to an ideology, a place, a group or a person, belonging shapes our identities.
Yet, what does it mean to belong, in a time when identities and citizenships can be removed, in the stroke of a pen? Or when the words 'Leave' or 'Remain' can define and separate us?
Join me in my story of belonging as I prepare to leave the land of my birth in search of another place like home.
Every story has to start somewhere. This is where mine starts.
In conjunction with the clients of Sandwell African Caribbean Mental Health Foundation, this activity is designed to explore the ways in which the shifting notions of home for diasporic communities affect their mental health and wellbeing. Via, workshops, and the production of new work by myself and service users, this activity seeks to negotiate where home is and how the traumas of the past still linger and affect the present.
“For here is the truth; each day contains much more than its own hours, or minutes, or seconds. In fact, it would be no exaggeration to say that every day contains all of history.” ― Kei Miller, Augustown