InSiDe oUt: Hackney’s Estates Rediscovered
Hackney can be seen as an interesting test case for changes in the spirit of modern society: from a post war welfare state, which was characterised by massive affordable construction for the poor and the homeless, to a capitalist state represented by privatisation of the public flats, transferring them to the free market, and eventually to private investors and the more affluent classes.
This work aims to explore the construction of the domains of the private and the public within Hackney’s council estates. The display of the public and the private as a whole creates a more complete picture of the life in Hackney’s council estates in present times.
This is a video installation that consists of two components:
The first is a landscape portraiture of council estates buildings in Hackney. A static video camera was used to capture the subtle, natural movements, which were edited into separate loops of still videos.
The second is still environmental portraits of council estates’ tenants sitting in their living rooms. Although they are still photographs, they are edited to form a video display that challenges the boundaries between these two distinct media. When juxtaposed, they raise questions about gentrification, temporality, death, beautification, nature, and stability.
Final visual project for Master of Arts degree in Photography and Urban Cultures, Goldsmiths College, University of London.