What’s London For?

This installation and video were shown in the Chelsea College of Art MA Final Show September 2018.

I care deeply about London where I’ve always lived and worked.  In the last 20 years it’s become more vibrant and exciting and a global city.  But whilst it’s improved for some, it’s become less affordable and more inhospitable for others.   What do these changes mean for the future of the city and those of us who live and work here?

By virtue of my age and background I have comfortable accommodation and a secure income.  I’m well aware of how privileged I am and that it’s not for me to use, or abuse, the experience of others.  But I’m also convinced that a healthy society relies on mutual concern and not self-interest.

In “What’s London For?” I’ve used the seductive qualities of a show flat to draw people in to exploring the impact of the explosion of “luxury” flats in Central London.  The redevelopment of Nine Elms created a massive opportunity to make a real difference.  I’ve used video to explore how this opportunity has been used and how it reflects what is happening more widely.

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