Ancestral Libations - Allegories of Honouring and Remembrance

1 Oct 2022 – 7 Oct 2022

Regular hours

Sat, 01 Oct
10:00 – 16:00
Mon, 03 Oct
10:00 – 16:00
Tue, 04 Oct
10:00 – 16:00
Wed, 05 Oct
10:00 – 20:00
Thu, 06 Oct
10:00 – 16:00
Fri, 07 Oct
10:00 – 17:00

Free admission

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105a Studios

England, United Kingdom


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  • Buses 18, 30, 73, 205 & 390 to Euston Square Station. Buses 24, 27, 29 & 134 to Euston Road (southbound) or Hampstead Road/Drummond Street. Buses 59, 68, 91, 168 & 253 to Euston Station. Coach A8 to/from Stansted to St Pancras.
  • Euston Station. Euston Square
  • Euston Station. Kings Cross
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How do we honour our enslaved ancestors when there are no graves with wilting flowers to freshen, no site to shed remembrance tears? Their brief, harrowing lives ended in fields of indigo, cotton, logwood, and sugar.


Their names listed in colonial ledgers as stock inventory are dehumanising chattel words. Who are they, and how do we mourn them?

Lucille Junkere’s entire body of work explores these questions. Her latest offering is a tribute to Africans enslaved to work on Jamaican plantations, whose stories she encounters through her ongoing indigo dye and tropical pigment research. She presents this work, inspired by West African masks, as an alternative to the African Caribbean ritual of pouring rum onto the ground as an offering to spirits and deceased souls.

There are several pieces in the series, each loaded with meaning. They are made from post-consumer waste, discarded objects which have reached the end of their intended life. These include industrial metal fan guards, broken pet cages, rusty hinges and worn sanding discs and grinding plates. Junkere diverts their journey to landfill sites, transforming them with hand-dyed yarns and pigments that she manufactures from plants and minerals. Her colour palette includes indigo, logwood, and fustic; all dye plants formerly cultivated with enslaved labour. 

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Lucille Junkere


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