Learn about the West End through Afuwa’s personal story and original artwork, Seraphim.
The story of a place begins long before you arrive. My entry point was Joe Fortes (1863-1922), the Trinidadian-born local hero after whom the branch library is named. Joe’s story led me to discover the lives of the residents of Stanley Park, outlined by Jean Barman in her excellent book Stanley Park’s Secret: The Forgotten Families of Whoi Whoi, Kanaka Ranch and Brockton Point (Harbour, 2005). Within these lives are themes that encircle us today: marginalization, resilience, resistance, and bonds that form in times of upheaval.
Through the window frame of my old apartment, these community stories entwine with local plants – extending across generations, asking us how we can be in place beyond now, beyond the future, and move consciously and with grace towards a practice of land back.
Learn about artist Afuwa here.
What characteristics or qualities of the West End do you see in this story and art?