Welcome to Britain and accompanying projects ‘Queue’ and ‘A Plea to Somewhere Else’ were made between 2001 and 2004 and  explored the concept of immigration through audio, drawing and installation. The audio work was made with the help of the Croydon Refugee Centre. At the time I was living and working in Croydon , home of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate where, day and night, a slow moving queue of men, women and children waited to apply for permission to remain in the UK. A spell of bad weather one Winter forced the Home Office to hire coaches to accommodate people close to hypothermia. Every day on my way to my studio I passed the queue which snaked round crash barriers outside the Home Office while traffic roared by and shoppers themselves queued at tills in the Sainsbury’s across the road.

Lunar House. Queue outside Home Office Nationality Directorate (3), Graphite on paper, 120 x  100 cm

Lunar House. Queue outside Home Office Nationality Directorate (3), Graphite on paper, 120 x 100 cm

Lunar House. Queue outside Home Office Nationality Directorate (2), Graphite on paper, 120 x  100 cm

Lunar House. Queue outside Home Office Nationality Directorate (2), Graphite on paper, 120 x 100 cm

Lunar House. Queue outside Home Office Nationality Directorate (1), Graphite on paper, 120 x  100 cm

Lunar House. Queue outside Home Office Nationality Directorate (1), Graphite on paper, 120 x 100 cm

Coaches for the Queue as Snow Fell, Graphite on paper, 120 x  100 cm

Coaches for the Queue as Snow Fell, Graphite on paper, 120 x 100 cm

AUDIO: A Plea to Somewhere Else (Suitcase installation)

1. All my town is destroyed

2. The revolution was happening, my father sent us away

3. My parents sent me here to better myself

4. I drew some anti-Islamic caricatures<

5. I came to Liverpool to look for the Beatles

6. They were not treating the Anglo-Indians very well

7. Six people were torturing me

8. There was a war on

9. I left Kenya because I was a British subject by birth

10. When the war stops the people still revenge secretly

11. There was racial violence, I have seen killings

12. I started travelling… I felt less and less connected