‘Libation’ marks EVEWRIGHT’s first solo exhibition in a public gallery, showcasing a collection of new and seminal works spanning 20 years.
Striking up conversations about what it means to be Black and British in the UK today, ‘Libation’ features drawing, sculptures, digital films, photography, and recent performance all of which explore themes of migration, identity, race, class and journeys.
The exhibition’s title, ‘Libation’, refers to the ceremonial pouring of a liquid to pay homage to ancestors or relatives who have passed away. The ceremony is prominent in traditional Black Caribbean and African cultures not only for funerals but as a celebration of life for unions and weddings.
Works include ££Kissi Pennies$$, a series of sculptures that challenges the notion of value, currency, slavery and trade that is inspired by modern day migration and the ancient African former currency Kissi Pennies.
Coinciding with the 75th anniversary of ‘Windrush’, the exhibition also includes works which explore the resilience, identity, and determination of the Windrush generation and reflections on this nationally significant event.
EVEWRIGHT will also produce his first site-specific gallery artwork conceived for Firstsite. In the foyer and leading through into the galleries will be a floor work produced as a result of a ‘drawing performance’ commissioned by Firstsite.
Firstsite, Lewis Gardens, High Street,
Colchester, Essex, CO1 1JH