GAIKA has revealed ‘Flight Recorder’, a brand new artwork set up for The Home of St Barnabas, that examines slavery in Jamaica.
GAIKA was commissioned to make ‘Flight Recorder’ by The Home of St Barnabas, a Soho members’ membership aiming to interrupt the cycle of homelessness, after it got here to gentle that the Home was constructed by Richard Beckford, a slave proprietor in Jamaica.
The Home’s Director of Engagement Gillian Jackson got here to grasp that Beckford possible enslaved her household. GAIKA’s household in Jamaica are from the identical space as Jackson’s, and have been additionally enslaved by Beckford.
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‘Flight Recorder’ requires unusual folks with hyperlinks to the Beckford household to return ahead and take part within the set up. It consists of an inflight black field, a metaphor for a slave ship retaining reminiscences of the ship’s journey. The field is in actual fact a Tascam tape recorder which viewers members can work together with to disclose completely different sounds. ‘Flight Recorder’ can be open till December 2020.
To increase the venture, GAIKA additionally goals to work with different musicians and graduates of the Home of St Barnabas’ employment scheme to assist previously homeless folks into work to create a brand new EP. He will even carry out stay on the Home of St Barnabas chapel later in 2020.
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GAIKA was commissioned as a part of an ongoing venture to deal with Home of St Barnabas’ colonial previous.
Talking on the set up, GAIKA says, “This set up is predicated on the interior recorders from a extremely superior plane named Bohemia. It’s named after the district in rural Jamaica, the place my father was born and is now buried. Bohemia is within the parish on St Ann and is bordering Trelawny, Manchester, and Clarendon within the centre of Jamaica. His mom got here from the cockpit maroons and his father – my grandfather – was a Tavares from Westmoreland (the place the Beckford plantations have been) and his ancestors have been freed slaves who turned planters there. I name this this movement from slavery to freedom, throughout mountains oceans and time itself, flight.”
GAIKA will even be taking part in a chat for the Home on reclaiming Black historical past and whether or not Black Historical past Month must be cancelled. Register for tickets right here.
Jemima Skala is Mixmag’s Weekend Editor. Observe her on Twitter
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