Classification:Drawing and Watercolour
Materials:Graphite, Pastel, Indian ink, Watercolour, Paper
Dimensions:58 x 42 cm
Credit:Presented by the Contemporary Art Society with support from The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, University of Leeds, 2022/23
Ownership history:Purchased from the Cristea Roberts Gallery, London by the Contemporary Art Society, with support from The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, University of Leeds, 23 January 2023; presented to The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, University of Leeds, 2022/23
The series Future Ancestors: Sentinels (2021), to which Sentinel (Green) belongs, portrays fishermen whom the artist encountered on the beach near her family home in Zanzibar, Tanzania. These men’s generational relationship with the sea is being challenged through a combination of climate change, tourism and overfishing. Boswell reimagines and honours these men as ‘future ancestors’ in search of a ‘new place’ – beyond the history of Zanzibar as a slave port and the current climate crisis. As she explains, the series is ‘a call to remember and also a call to arms. We need to know how resilient and adaptive we are in order for our imaginations to begin to envision a new place.’
Boswell’s practice resonates with issues of migration, climate change and sustainability that have become crucial for the University of Leeds Art Collection and the temporary exhibitions programme in recent years. Her work also contributes to the gallery’s longstanding collection of drawings, to aid the teaching of technique to university students. Finally, as a centre for feminist art history, The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery is happy to receive work by an artist whose wider practice regularly engages with Black feminism.
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