Jeremy Hutchison

Harmattan, 2017

The Harmattan is a northeasterly trade wind. Each year, it blows thousands of tonnes of sand across West Africa. It covers entire cities in dust. It irritates peoples' skin and creates respiratory problems. It is an ugly wind.

But the history of this wind is uglier still. The Harmattan was the original 'trade wind'. Portuguese colonial settlers used the Harmattan to navigate ships from Africa to Europe. Their trade was slaves.

These drawings engage with dust - the most ephemeral matter - to link past and present. They offer a reflection on the way in which racist narratives perpetuate within the structures of mobility and urban space. Using car windscreens as their canvas, they reflect on questions around the freedom of movement, and the contradictions inherent in my own subject position. While any British man is entitled to travel to Senegal, the reverse is not the case.

Commissioned by Raw Material Company, Dakar
Exhibited at Jerwood Drawing Prize, London; Ko Projects, London