C&: What drew you to the memories of your mother’s childhood home in Jamaica?
Jamilah Sabur: I have been documenting memories from both my parents and an aunt, and some of their memories have inspired past works. But through my mom’s retelling of memories, I am compelled to trace and connect them to significant historical moments. She was born under colonial rule, witnessed independence and the ramification of independence, the trap of the World Bank, IMF, Cold War politics, the violence, and destruction. Right now I’m very much locked into her memories from the 1960s. Her universe at this period was quite magical, hopeful, and surreal. What is around us seems like the only thing that could ever be real at times, so part of what I’m doing is simply giving kindling for a political imagination that has smells and sights and touches – is in other words “embodied”.