The Harmattan is a northeasterly trade wind. Each year, it blows thousands of tonnes of sand across West Africa, covering entire cities in dust. It irritates peoples' skin and creates respiratory problems. It’s an ugly wind - but its history is uglier still.
The Harmattan was the original trade wind: Portuguese colonial traders used it to power their ships from Africa back to Europe. Their trade was slaves. Using dust as their medium, these drawings reflect on the racism perpetuated through the structures, and limits of mobility.
Date : 2017
Media : photography
Commissioner : Raw Material Company, Dakar
Exhibitions : Jerwood Gallery (London) Bath Spa University, East Gallery (Norwich), Vane (Newcastle), Ko Projects (London)