When I began to Speak is a body of work that imaginatively renders the traumatic events of a childhood lived in the aftermath of the Second World War.
Focusing on resilience as a creative act, the exhibited narrative drawings and embroideries sit in dialogue with one another and touch on themes of identity, displacement and persecution. The irreverent and unexpected fabrics and colours of the embroidered textiles are a playful counterbalance to the underlying content. Aiming to say the ‘unsayable’, the work ultimately celebrates the possibility of the difficult, tender evolution of an identity – despite trauma and displacement.
This exhibition covers 40 years of reflection and resonates with Europe’s current immigration crisis. Claudine Roux immigrated to England as a child and graduated in fine art at the University of London. When I began to Speak grew out of her PhD in Creative Writing.
ARCHIVE GALLERY – THE ROSE LIPMAN BUILDING
WHEN I BEGAN TO SPEAK
With a remix performance of ‘After’ by Open School East Associates Eve Charbanon & Anneke Kampman.
And a response to the exhibition by Open School East Associate Emile Scheffmann
OPENING 6TH OCTOBER 18.30 – 21.30
Performance at 20.20.
The show runs until 16th October, 2016.