Corinne Silva, Wandering Abroad, 2009, HD digital film on blu-ray, 12 minutes and 59 seconds.
Corinne Silva’s work Wandering Abroad explores experiences of African and Caribbean diaspora in Leeds through the interweaving voices of Gabriel Adams, Abiye Hector Goma and Arthur France. They recount their own lives as well as the story of David Oluwale, who came to England from Nigeria in 1949. Twenty years later his drowned body was pulled out of the River Aire; two police officers were found guilty of assault. Wandering Abroad traces Oluwale’s final journey down the river. It also examines international migration against a backdrop of past industrial growth and present urban renewal in Leeds, linking labour and metropolitan development.