Meduulla is an emerging Zimbabwean-born artist, poet and rapper, raised in Manchester. Commissioned by IWM to respond to the theme of migration as a consequence of conflict, she is eager to use her voice and her craft to push pertinent conversations to the forefront. “Whose Land?” is an original piece drawing on the history of Zimbabwe, referencing the land reform bill, conflict and mass migration. Using her voice to explore different perspectives, Meduulla’s piece will consider the inner conflict migrants faced once they had left Zimbabwe and the ongoing legacy of this conflict on young people today. 

This project has been supported by Manchester based artist, writer and Producer mandla rae, on placement at IWM through Counterpoints Arts’ Refugee Week Leadership Project

"Whose Land?" by Meduulla

Filmed and edited during the Covid-19 pandemic.

"Whose Land?" by Meduulla

Commissioned by IWM for Refugee Week; an annual festival celebrating the contribution of refugees and promoting understanding of why people seek sanctuary. Refugee Week is a partnership project coordinated by Counterpoint Arts. 

Our curators say:

Our collections – and the stories they illuminate – demonstrate how conflict can be provoked, promoted, sustained or ended through an interplay of social, cultural, political, technological and economic factors involving Britain and the Commonwealth. They show how multiple factors intertwine to produce effects that have shaped, and continue to shape, the world. Commonwealth, former Commonwealth and former Empire stories are a crucial component of this deepening understanding of a complex world of conflict and peace.  

IWM holds collections that relate to the journey that Zimbabwe took towards independence. Traditionally, these collections have been viewed through the lens of then Southern Rhodesia’s military relationship with Britain, beginning in the two world wars and continuing through the unilateral declaration of independence and the conflicts fought in the 1960s and 1970s. By exploring these collections in greater depth and adding different perspectives to the narratives they reveal, we can explore more of the complex legacies of these conflicts for subsequent generations – in both Zimbabwe and Britain. And by amplifying those voices that have thus far been underrepresented, we gain a richer understanding of the underlying conditions that caused conflict, affected its course, and led to the consequences that are still shaping people’s lives.

To explore our related collection items and to hear from other migrant voices, follow the links below.

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