Picnic

Picnic recalls Manet’s Le Dejeuner sur l’Herbe (Luncheon on the Grass) (1863) and shows my aunt and cousins, as newly arrived immigrants, with English friends and partners. The positioning of their bodies suggests physical affection and intimacy and an English woman holds an apple evoking a secularised Eve (bottom). Picnic references the prurient scrutiny and assumptions brought to mixed-race relationships, at the same time as celebrating the loving and lasting unions which were formed.