Unmasked and Stripped Bare - exhibition by Yasmin Aishah and Ruby Colley
Who wears the mask?
Who is the mask for?
When we are stripped bare, what remains?
HATTONS YARD, HATHERLEY ROAD, ST LEONARDS, TN37 6LB
Monday 3 April -Friday 7 April, 12-4pm
A sound installation by Ruby Colley featuring migrant community members, Les Booth, Michael Braithwaite, Paulo Lopes, Dave Rohoman and Elwaldo Romeo, who share their experiences of times in their lives when they feel able to be their authentic selves. And when and how they ‘mask’ to fit in.
The community featured in this festival installation project reflect Mary Seacole’s experience of being born in a place saturated in British colonial identity and subsequently settling in London and travelling the globe.
Mary Seacole travelled to England from Jamaica as a teenagers to sell “a large stock of West Indian preserves and pickles”. On her return journey aboard the Velusia, a fire broke out in the hold and Mary explains that although “considerably alarmed, I did not lose my senses.” Mary planned to be lashed to a hen coop if the ship went down.