When I Begin to Speak

6 Oct 2016 – 16 Oct 2016

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Archive Gallery

England, United Kingdom


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When I began to Speak is a body of work that imaginatively renders the traumatic events of a childhood lived in the aftermath of the Second World War.


Focusing on resilience as a creative act, the exhibited narrative drawings and embroideries sit in dialogue with one another and touch on themes of identity, displacement and persecution. The irreverent and unexpected fabrics and colours of the embroidered textiles are a playful counterbalance to the underlying content. Aiming to say the ‘unsayable’, the work ultimately celebrates the possibility of the difficult, tender evolution of an identity – despite trauma and displacement.

This exhibition covers 40 years of reflection and resonates with Europe’s current immigration crisis. Claudine Roux immigrated to England as a child and graduated in fine art. When I began to Speak grew out of her Phd in Creative Writing.

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