Walking Old Lands, Drawing New Lines
CARICUK’s first provocation digs deeply into the concept of in/security and how it connects, in a literally grounded way, the Caribbean and the UK. Annalee Davis’s highly site-specific installations, in Barbados and in the UK, focus on the materialities and regenerative capacities of soils and eco-systems that were transformed through monocropping, industrialisation and plantation systems under colonialism but now display postcolonial resilience and agency by providing popular crops for health and nutrition. Building on her first such installation, (Bush) Tea Crops, which was set on the former slave plantation in Barbados where her studio is now established, she is due to produce similarly soil and plant-focused installations at Walkers Reserve, an agroforestry project in Barbados, and at Haarlem Art Space, a former mill in Derbyshire, UK.
The artist has produced a short video about her work, and she was in conversation with Pat Noxolo in an online event. The recording is here. In the run-up to the event, Pat Noxolo has produced a series of blog posts.