An Echo For My Father (2021), Film


An Echo For My Father (2021) is the first iteration in a series of three moving image works, exploring Jamila's relationship with her late father Russell Herman, a South African jazz musician who migrated to the UK in the 1980s and passed away when Jamila was three. Beginning with the micro experience of absence – what it means to have an absent parent and not have access to one side of your heritage – there is little visual representation of Russell within the first film. Instead, we are taken on a journey as Jamila processes the complex family history and emotions of not knowing her father, through a combination of documetary footage of Jamila making wall hangings in real time, listening to her father's music for the first time, and re-tracing journeys they took together around her childhood home.

An Echo For My Father is forthcoming and will be displayed at HOME, London in July 2021 and Hordaland Kunstsenter in October 2021, the latter as part of a group exhibition curated by Amber Ablett.

An Echo for My Father is co-commissioned by Lighthouse through the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, part of Re-Imagine Europe. With support from Arts Council England and Hordaland Kunstsenter.