The Grip

For Caribbean immigrants to the UK,  The Grip was an essential artefact of migration, it contained within it the articles of memory, dreams, and aspirations.  The Grip itself was the icon of a journey travelled and a destination reached.  The destination reached may or may not have been the one set out for, but it was nonetheless a destination achieved through travel, through tenacious hope, and through dynamic levels of resilience.  The articles within The Grip, those tangible and intangible, kept the traveller rooted to the sacrifices and expectations of family and community no longer visible yet vibrantly present.  The Grip had its own place/space in the home, like all religious and cultural artefacts it was a part of the taken-for-granted visual and affective fields of mundane immigrant life in which survival and flourishing were the only viable choices.

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