“This project takes the archives of Patrick Jonathan to show one man’s perspective of political and cultural activity within the Black African diaspora in Australia in the ‘80s and ‘90s. Collectively, people from the diaspora toured Jamaican artists like Peter Tosh, raised money for the Anti-Apartheid movement, protested around the country, and set up safehouses back on the Continent for people fleeing racist political regimes.” – Samira Farah
Drawing from personal history alongside archival research and set against the context of immigration and the anti-apartheid struggle,13 Years forefronts Black sonics within liberation and migration movements of the African diaspora. The exhibition explores the power of community and independent radio and provides a small window into the Black African political and cultural history in Sydney and Canberra during the 1980s and 1990s from a personal perspective.
In addition to the archival materials, contemporary artist and architect Guled Abdulwasi presents a moving image work titled The block, an architectural exploration of the inner-city housing estates in Melbourne. Abdulwasi examines the architectural form and composition of these buildings, as well as representing the diverse communities that live and have lived in the buildings over the decades.
In response to the personal archives of Patrick Jonathan on display at West Space, and the broader politics of Black sonics, lossless.radio collective have produced new talks and interviews, as well as curated a Black British radio archive. This archive will grow and change each Friday throughout the exhibition period, as the collective broadcast live from West Space.
Throughout the exhibition, public programs and events at West Space will function as a critical access point for community members. Each Wednesday evening, community members are invited to participate in a collective reading of Silvia Wynter, Jamaican novelist, critic, philosopher and essayist. Over 6 weeks, the Wynter in Winter Reading Group will read “Unsettling the Coloniality of Being/Power/Truth/Freedom: Towards the Human, After Man, Its Overrepresentation—An Argument.” On Fridays from 4-6pm the exhibition will be activated by lossless.radio. The community broadcast platform will explore diaspora sounds and Black British pirate radio, as well as DJing opening and closing celebrations, and more.
Friday 14 May, 6-8pm | 13 Years opening night with lossless radio
Fridays, May 21 – June 25, 4-6pm | Lossless.radio, livestreaming from West Space
Wednesdays, 6-8pm, May 19 to June 23 | Wynter in Winter Reading Group, co-hosted by Samira Farah, Madeline Collie and Amy Spiers at West Space
Friday 25 June 6pm onwards | 13 Years Closing party “London Carnivale”, with
lossless.radio and others, and Caribbean food cook up in CY Courtyard
Saturday June 26, 10am-1pm, nex/us: a gathering facilitated by Aminata Diallo and Rhoda Makur, presented by Emerging Writers Festival |
Sunday 27 June | Patrick Jonathan in conversation with 3CR/PBS
To the still nomads family