Arteries of a new East
is the definite title for this series I started in December 2009. I
will display this body of work I ended photographing in December 2011 in
two presentation formats depending on the specifications.
My first choice resulting from my numerous walks come
as a selection of montages of six images with title at the bottom. Each
walk selected would be mounted on a traditional dark wooden frame. The
images would adopt the similar pattern of 6 (2 columns of 3) vertically and should be
reinforced by a traditional thin mount on which the title should be
engraved at the bottom. The idea is to mix the high digital quality of
the prints (from film) with a classical method of showing ancient documents. I find
that mix the perfect way to engage with the subject I have been dealing
with in its form and content. Each frame are 40x50cm and they are not limited in numbers.
This presentation is already available at the Hackney Museum as part of their archives and recent shows related to the Mapping the Change
second choice comes as a collection of individual images. Each of them
would be displayed in a 20x30cm light white frame. Ideally showing a lot
of them together would make more sense as they would produce a journey
by their singularities and dispersion at the same time. Here again there is
no limited numbers.
I have been working on essays and I am trying to coordinate very
specific and alternative events around the project. Shows, essays, press
articles, installations and happenings are in the pipeline. If you have
any interest in collaborating with us please contact me. My
time on this transitional journey of the East part of London as a photographer is now
over. I may try to work on other aspects of the area or the Olympic event itself but
nothing certain at this stage. Below an extract of my essay.
"The East London
I am unveiling through my walks is not a final statement but it depicts that
transitional state. It questions deep social awareness and political agendas.
Not initially conceived as an ideal place for the people, the East has found
throughout History its peculiar identity. It is a hybrid combination
originating from its own people that forged a sense of belonging. Its new
proximity to the centre will deeply change the unique and alternative social
context by appropriation through mass investments in a vast and lucrative
photo-montages expose an effervescent burying of the old urban landscape by a
new mainstream one. Thanks to uninspired governing bodies a creative stimulus
arise from the local resident to map its identity despite its apparent
disappearance. The uniqueness of the zone will be remembered because of the
values it inspired. The landscape will vanish but its memory will last. Those
arteries are still fuelled with passion and not profit. They are vital to a
healthy democracy. The East once relegated is now melting into an unavoidable
conformism. Local residents still have a voice but that will only last the time
they can afford to live it."