Fi Dem
Zinzi Minott

Fi Dem

For those who fear the sea.
For those who could not go home.
For those who hear the cry’s between the waves.

For those who have felt anger for Old Blighty and all she has done.

For those trapped at home. 
For those who live in the slippage.


For those who live in the consequence of…

For those who got sent home.
For those who never imagined a pain could cut so deep.
For those who know the pain of a forgotten colony.
For those who have no home.

For those who’s generation became a scandal.


For those we have lost to the immigration process.


For those we have had to forget.
In memory of my relatives who made the journey here with hope in their eyes, trust in their souls and still never found what they were looking for.

For those we have had to forget.

For those too sick to go home.
For these terrified of dying here.

For those who were only staying for three years.
For those who didn’t mean to die here.

For those who had to pick cotton.
For those who’s passport makes them sick.

For those trying to get a British Passport. 
For those who never got paid.
For those they killed.

For those that jumped.
For those who cut cane.

For those who gave in.

For those who fought.
For those who rebuilt the country.

For those who rebuilt the country.
Fi dem who took lick’s
Fi all ah unuh.
Fi all ah we.

Fi dem.

Fi Dem is both a durational work, a continued investigation into Blackness and Diaspora, and the title of the first video in a body of work that will be made annually on the anniversary of the Empire Windrush docking in the UK 22nd June 1948.

Fi Dem was first released 22nd June 2018.

The piece journeys through Minott's personal diasporic journey and takes this moment of Windrush Day to focus on those that move and have been moved. Those who stay and cannot leave and all of the slippage in between.

Shifting between personal and community moments of loss and joy that sits at the border she hopes this work can add to a conversation about these experiences.

Available to view at daata