The West Indian Front Room

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Commentary

The West Indian Front Room exhibition, held between 18 October 2005 and 19 February 2006, was a collaboration between the Geffrye Museum and Michael McMillan.
McMillan is a British-born writer and artist of Vincentian parentage. Core themes in his work explore post-World War Two immigration and settlement, identities and gender, hidden histories and the family. The project at the Geffrye draws on his long engagement with the meanings about the West Indian front room and on his previous projects, including The Black Chair: An Installation and Exhibition Rediscovering the West Indian Front Room, shown at High Wycombe Museum (1998-9) and Slough Museum (2000), and The West Indian Front Room: A Performance Installation at The Albany, Deptford (2004).

The exhibition was described as follows on the Geffrye Museum website: 'An evocation of his (Michael McMillan's) childhood memory will be created for the exhibition, a front room of the 1960s and 1970s in which visitors will be encouraged to linger. This will be put into context by listening posts with brief excerpts from interviews carried out with first- and second-generation people of African-Caribbean descent and West Indian elders who shared their experiences of setting up home in Britain. Filmed interviews by Joel Karamath will run on two screens, and photographs of interiors from London's African-Caribbean and Black British communities will line the walls. In a separate seating area, visitors will be able to leave their own memories of their own homes.' (Geffrye Museum website, February 2006)



Themes

Time
Social Position
Room Disposition and Function
Identities
Consumer Practices

Dominant Representational Strategies

Detail

Dwelling

Type
Residential
Detail
Other / Unknown
Historical Terminology
Specified Social Level
Labouring
Middle

Activities

Type
Detail

Rooms

Type
Social and Sitting Spaces
Historical Terminology

Inhabitants

Type
Uninhabited
Detail

Objects

Type
Coverings and Hangings
The Arts, Recreation and Ceremony
Detail

Bibliography

Direct Cross-References

The West Indian Front Room

McMillan, Michael 2006

Photograph, ID1282

The West Indian Front Room

McMillan, Michael 2006

Photograph, ID1283

The West Indian Front Room

McMillan, Michael 2006

Photograph, ID1284

The West Indian Front Room

McMillan, Michael 2006

Photograph, ID1285

The West Indian Front Room

McMillan, Michael 2006

Photograph, ID1286

The West Indian Front Room

McMillan, Michael 2006

Photograph, ID1287

The West Indian Front Room

McMillan, Michael 2006

Photograph, ID1288

The West Indian Front Room

McMillan, Michael 2006

Photograph, ID1289

The West Indian Front Room

McMillan, Michael 2006

Photograph, ID1290

Indirect Cross-References

Names
McMillan, Michael
Date(s)
2006
Country
United Kingdom
Historical Region
Description
Format
Photograph
Type
Illustration
Genre
Interior View
Publication
Copyright
Photo ©Geffrye Museum. Text excerpts from an essay by Michael McMillan produced to accompany 'The West Indian Front Room' exhibition at the Geffrye Museum.
Location
Record ID
ID1291