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Jhanee Wilkins’ first solo exhibition ‘Black Britain’ explores autobiographical subjects relating to feminism, immigration, racism and identity.

Jhanee Wilkins – an artist-photographer and filmmaker – graduated in MA Photography at Sunderland University and this show sees her presenting two photographic series: ‘Black Britain’ and ‘Likkle Paradise’. ‘Black Britain’ features photographs and texts that draw on experiences of growing up in Britain, touching on childhood, cultural heritage and racism. ‘Likkle Paradise’, meanwhile, is a photographic celebration of the Windrush generation through Caribbean food and culture. Wilkins spent seven weeks at a Caribbean food shop in Smethwick called Leon’s Food Store. People from all over Birmingham came to the store to buy and cook the food they were brought up with and carry on the traditions of their family. Wilkins met many people of different ages and they were happy to discuss a wide variety of topics.

Jhanee Wilkins: Black Britain, until 16 April, NGCA, Sunderland, sunderlandculture.org.uk