Twelve Degrees of Integration

[colour inkjet Duratran print encased in lightbox, 2002-2004, 1.50m x 1m]

This piece is an elaborate visual diary of an alien, agnès poitevin-navarre, settling in England. It is a trace of how friendships and other acquaintances are born, grow and die. The individuals who cross the artist’s path are depicted as colour-coded pictograms labelling their nationality, gender and names. Green = English, yellow = French, pink = Japanese, blue = Norwegian, brown = Nigerian, dark blue = Jamaican.  A colourful pattern reveals the fluctuation of these people in the microcosm of the artist’s life and the incidence of multiculturalism as a whole. It articulates the complexity and visibility of multi-national and multi-racial pool of people in various part of England.