Archive for the ‘Colonial’ Tag

Glimpses of an Industrial Past: Postcard Sent by Ed Welch and Received in Manchester by Joseph McGonagle


Passerelle de la Fraternité, Aubervilliers, Paris

[Bridge bearing a plaque in commemoration of 17 October 1961]

Dear Ed and Joe,

Bridges, crossings, and bodies of water as liquid frontiers are emerging as key features of my journey and yours, it seems.

All best,


A Map of France

Place La Courneuve – 8 Mai 1945, Paris, 12 June 2010

Eau Sauvage, Place La Courneuve – 8 Mai 1945, Paris, 12 June 2010

A place name commemorating not only VE Day but also a day when massacres took place against peaceful protesters in French Algeria, at Guelma, Bône, and Sétif. Courneuve has a high concentration of North African, Sub-Saharan, Indian, Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Vietnamese, and Chinese immigrants.

Pont de Neuilly, Paris, 12 June 2010

One of the sites of police violence on the night of 17 Oct 1961.

‘YOU HIT ME, WE HIT YOU!’, Pont Saint Michel, Paris, 11 June 2010

Photographed by the plaque commemorating the 17th of October 1961, when Algerian protesters were murdered by the French police.

Rue Drouot, Paris, 11 June 2010

Barbès, Paris

Colonial Static

Salt and data seas to cross into and away from Continental Europe. A journey between the paper history of colonialism and the deep sea static of information flows.