Currently representing Scotland at the Venice Biennale 2022, Whittle’s new film commission ‘The Axe Forgets, But The Tree Remembers’ is a multi-voiced portrayal of members of the Windrush Generation and their descendants with material sourced from the Hackney Archives.
In the film, Whittle dissolves the notion of time and space, connecting different narratives, archival material and artworks through hurricanes, the sea and naval history. Together, these references to water play a central role with their symbolism and poignancy to Windrush migration. The dramatic and unsettling backdrop also sets the tone for her conversation with Hackney resident Janice Knight, whose legal battle for justice for the police brutality experienced by her family reflects on the state of uncertainty and precarity which continues to be felt by the Black community today.
The film will be screened at three London venues during September 2022. All screenings will be preceded by a talk with the artist and selected guests and followed by an audience Q&A.
‘The Axe Forgets, But The Tree Remembers’ is one of the works commissioned as part of the Hackney Windrush Public Programme, curated by Create London in partnership with Hackney Council and funded by the Freelands Foundation.