Film Screening in Dumfries: The Axe Forgets, But The Tree Remembers


As part of the exhibition Crafted Selves: The Unfinished Conversation currently on show at Gracefield Arts Centre, Alberta Whittle’s film The Axe Forgets, But The Tree Remembers will be screened at The RBC Film Theatre, Dumfries on Wednesday 26 June at 7pm.

The Axe Forgets, But The Tree Remembers is a multi-voiced portrayal of members of the Windrush Generation and their descendants. Weaving together the experiences of her own family, stories sourced from Hackney Archives and conversation with the borough’s Windrush residents, Whittle’s film highlights the animosity experienced by those who first migrated from the Caribbean to the UK.

In the film, Whittle dissolves the notion of time and space, connecting different narratives, archival material and artworks through hurricanes, the sea and naval history. Together, these references to water play a central role with their symbolism and poignancy to Windrush migration. The dramatic and unsettling backdrop also sets the tone for her conversation with Hackney resident Janice Knight, whose legal battle for justice for the police brutality experienced by her family reflects on the state of uncertainty and precarity which continues to be felt by the Black community today.

Tickets are available from the RBC Film Theatre here.
Access Cinema £3.00 + booking fee

Adult ticket £5.00 + booking fee

Alberta Whittle
The Axe Forgets, But The Tree Remembers, 2022
English, with captions*
Running Time: 51:30mins
Appropriate for audiences 12+
Potential triggers: this film speaks openly about racism, violence and grief

Courtesy of the Artist and The Modern Institute/ Toby Webster Ltd., Glasgow 2023.

Part of the Hackney Windrush Public Programme, 2022, curated by Create London in partnership with Hackney Council, with support from Freelands Foundation.


Barbadian-Scottish artist Alberta Whittle’s multifaceted practice is preoccupied with developing a personal response to the legacies of the Atlantic slave trade, unpicking its connections to institutional racism, white supremacy and climate emergency in the present. Against an oppressive political background Whittle aims to foreground hope and engage with different forms of resistance. Whittle represented Scotland in the 59th Venice Biennale and is a 2022 recipient of the Paul Hamlyn Awards for Artists. In 2020, she was awarded a Turner Bursary and the Frieze Artist Award, she was the Margaret Tait Award winner for 2018/19. Whittle recently presented a solo exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and from April 2023 – January 2024 had a major solo presentation on display at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern One), Edinburgh. In early October Whittle opened her first exhibition at The Modern Institute, Osborne Street, Glasgow.