The Leeds West Indian Carnival is something very close to my heart, and those familiar with the carnival may have, like myself, always noticed that almost every notable image published of it over the years was photographed by someone called Max Farrar. A long standing local of Chapeltown, activist, sociologist, and author of The Struggle for ‘Community’ in a British Multi-ethnic Inner-city Area (2002), I was honoured to finally get the chance to meet and talk with Max about his own history within the area, his five decades of social action, and the work of the David Oluwale Memorial Association he is part of.
For those not familiar with David Oluwale, I don’t feel it right to shorten his story in these episode notes, but be assured that his story will be re-told loudly and widely in the upcoming months as we approach the 50th anniversary of his death. You may remember from Episode 6 with Jade Montserrat, in which she speaks of Rasheed Araeen’s work For Oluwale (1971-73), that has surprisingly never been exhibited in Leeds. This work will finally be presented as an updated version at The Tetley from the 16th February.