Gloria Ojulari Sule

21 February 2005

Diary February 2005
‘In Other Words’...... Is the title of my mini movie, thanks to those who gave their time and voices to my project.

1. Vandana : Indian, Hindi
2. Morowa : Jamaican, Rastafarian
3. Rashad Ali : Somali
4. Mustapha : Somali
5. AbdiKarin : Somali
6. Khaddra : Somalia, French
7. Karla : Chile, Spanish
8. Abdul-Kadir Somali
9. Tony- yi : Chinese, Mandarin
10. Robina : Pakistan, Urdu
11. Peter : Polish
12. Malika : Arabic
13. Alain : Cuba, Spanish
14 Sandra : Cuba, Spanish.
15. Monica : Swedish

voices not in film..Idil .. Faaisa..Fasdumo

Thanks to those who gave their voices to this project. I could have included more but see now how these things take time to put together. I am well pleased with the way the project evolved, there was no format to bringing together the voices, the collection being almost randomly chosen, from those I came across over a short time span. I had to record them. If I was planning on painting the portraits of all those featured it would certainly be exciting, but surprisingly this is a powerful mental image of each of the voices heard on the sound track. Hearing them evokes a stirring emotion for me, almost equivalent to what I feel having completed a successful representation on canvas.

The completed movie brings together voices from my local neighbourhood. A visit to the new St Paul’s Learning Centre introduced me to a group of students studying English as a second language. The group and their tutor Vandana kindly and enthusiastically agreed to take part in the project. Karla, whose children I have taught in one of the local schools, has been my neighbour for 5 years. There is a small but solid Chilean community in Bristol. Alain and Laura run the very lovely Cuban restaurant in Picton Street. My daughter met Alain a couple of years ago and subsequently visited his family in Cuba last year. Swedish feminist artist Monica Sjoo kindly added a snippet

I had hopes for a broader collection of cultures, voices and accents but time waits for no woman and I was concerned that the technical side of putting the work together would be a toughest challenge. Which of course it was. I couldn’t have completed it without the help of long-suffering Fol and Dani who was ace. Fusion was key to bringing together the fragmented selection of imagery and audio pieces I’d collected.

The seemingly magical powers provided by the laptop make it all possible at the press of a few buttons. I see now the Fantastical possibilities at the finger tips of experts. I was impressed by Simon Poulter’s work - knowledge makes a powerful tool for powerful-meaning but amusing work.

Other contents of my movie: the Balmoral, a ship currently docked in harbour outside the Industrial Museum, reminded me both of Bristol's participation in the transatlantic slave trade and more recently the Empire Windrush, significant for bringing 500 people to the UK from the Caribbean in 1948. She carried 430 Jamaican men hoping for employment and a new life. The ship completes my recording of methods of transportation in the movie, apart I suppose from travel by foot; and I feel aware of current trends of people-traders, who transport people in containers and by other means at extortionate costs to the detriment of those desperate to reach the UK. The M4 features for its busy link to the metropolis. Who knows the amount of peoples that travel that route and for what amount of varied reasons.

My voices are not whole stories and can only conjure up a taster image of the multiples of cultures living on our small island. The world has come to Britain following Britain’s exploitation of the the world and its peoples. This is part of sociological and economical migrations that Britain must and should manage and maintain as its legacy to colonialism, slavery and the notion of empire.............. my small installation is an experience in itself and a colony of voices from around me.

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