Water Came Out of My Eyes
Robert made this lightweight travelling exhibition after the many months he worked to reveal an insider’s view of the Windrush Generation 25 years after their arrival in Britain. This exhibition compared the state of Britain’s treatment of black people then with Britain’s earlier relationship to black people during the age of empire and slavery. As the exhibition travelled the country from worker’s canteens to art centres and church foyers, it rallied many young people to it. The material condition of the mounts combined with the veracity of the (then) contemporary quotes from the community is a moving reminder of the struggles people has to create a dignified life in a hostile community.
During the period of his photographing he was asked to escort the American writer, James Baldwin, on a tour of Brixton, introducing him to various people Robert had met. Robert said “That was a great priviledge.”