'Jenny Mclean remembers Nidiya' - Portrait of a woman holding a garden fork, at Boundary Way Allotments

3 May 2020
Boundary Way Allotments, Boundary Way, Lower Penn, Warstones, South Staffordshire, Staffordshire
Photograph (Digital)
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The Picturing Lockdown Collection was created during April and May 2020, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. During seven days the public were asked to submit photographs that they felt best represented their experiences of lockdown in England, and from these submissions one hundred representing all the different geographic regions were chosen to be archived with Historic England. Alongside these images, ten artists were commissioned to produce their own images over the course of five days, representing their lockdown experience. These were supplemented with images by Historic England’s own photographers. Together, the Picturing Lockdown collection forms a permanent visual record of this unusual time in history.

This photograph, taken at 14.00 on 3rd May 2020, is the fifth of seven images depicting the lockdown as experienced by the artist Anand Chhabra, and represents the West Midlands region. The artist has written the following text to explain how this image documents their experience of lockdown: "Boundary Way Allotments are a couple of hundred yards from where I live. I went there yesterday and met a Jamaican man named Tony Mclean and we started a conversation about this project. He told me that his wife Jenny was at a funeral of her best friend Nidiya who had died of COVID-19 at that very time. I spoke with her this morning and she said she would be happy to have a chat at the allotments because she finds a lot of solace being there. She was almost physically sick when she was at her friend's funeral remembering the 33 years she was best friends with Nidiya. Black & Asian people seem to have been hardest hit with the disease in the city of Wolverhampton."


This is part of the Volume: HEC01/036/02/05 Picturing Lockdown Collection: Artists' Submissions - Anand Chhabra; within the Sub Series: HEC01/036/02 Picturing Lockdown Collection - Artists' Submissions; within the Series: HEC01/036 Picturing Lockdown Collection; within the Collection: HEC01 Historic England


© Anand Chhabra

People & Organisations

Photographer: Chhabra, Anand


Allotment, Health And Welfare, People Posed