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forthcoming PROJECT

 

REAL ESTATES: A PROJECT BY FUGITIVE IMAGES

 

Presented in association with LUX

 

18 February to 28 March 2015

 

LAUNCH EVENT: Wednesday 18 February from 6 to 8pm with introduction by Owen Jones at 7pm

 

A six week multi-purpose project coordinated by art collective Fugitive Images opening PEER up as a social, discursive and imaginative space around issues of housing and spatial justice in East London through a constantly changing series of exhibitions, screenings, discussions, readings and workshops.

 

Featuring work by Fugitive Images, Focus E15 Campaign, Tom Hunter, Bekki Perriman, Andre Anderson, John Smith, Cardboard Citizens, Moyra Peralta, John Rogers, DIG Collective, Smart Urhoife and many more…

 

This project marks the end of a seven-year series of collaborative works with our neighbours of the Haggerston Estate. Our
work came from within the community, with whom we cultivated other spaces to gather, share and campaign before the estate was demolished in 2014. Our neighbourhoods and communities are facing even greater threats from new developments and policies that separate and stratify us. But there are also many that have resisted these forces.

 

Over six-weeks we are inviting other communities, speakers and artists related to the housing crisis in London to make a series of presentations. The project will act as a platform for campaign groups and engaged makers to bring their important work into a different space, to share with us a glimpse of their own long-term projects on key sites. PEER in partnership with LUX will host works that connect us, that illuminate, that bring pain to the surface, that inspire tenderness, that reject terrifying social injustices and restore ethical imperatives. The events programme brings together discussions
around eviction, displacement and homelessness and their expression through an art that is committed to being made public and shared.

 

Fugitive Images is Andrea Luka Zimmerman and David Roberts, a collaborative cultural activist producing agency, with a particular interest in, and commitment to, the social organisation of urban space.

 

Programme overview
Each week PEER will host a rolling exhibition programme, events and screenings featuring a number of strands.

Wednesdays from 7pm – Openings and socials
Thursdays 2-5pmClass Room, workshops and lectures for students and the public
Fridays from 7pm – Film screenings
Saturdays 2-5pmHomeworks– Public talks from key figures/campaigns on housing

 

All of the events are FREE, but it is strongly advised to arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the start time as space is limited
and seats will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

 

With the support of Restless Futures at Central Saint Martins.


For further information about each week, see below. For more details and regular updates go to the dedicated website – This website will also act as a medium to disseminate the exhibition, discussions, essays and
resources to other visitors and campaign groups online.

 

WEEKLY PROGRAMME:


18 February 7pm, Owen Jones, author, campaigner and Guardian columnist will launch the Real Estates project.


Week One 18 to 21 February
This week expands on the Estate project by Fugitive Images, featuring material generated from their long-term engagement on the Haggerston Estate in collaboration with residents and local practitioners. Key events include an evening with filmmaker John Smith including screenings of Hackney Marshes and Blight, and talks from the information, support and campaign group Hackney Digs.


Week Two 25 to 28 February
This week will profile work by artist Tom Hunter including a sculptural model and photographs of the Holly Street Estate  (demolished in 1997) and his film A Palace for Us. Events include workshops with sound artist Brandon LaBelle and architectural theoretician Jane Rendell, and a talk by architect and Head of Central Saint Martins, Jeremy Till. Film maker and writer John Rogers (Trews Reports/Drift Report) surveys his ongoing series of videos highlighting housing campaigns around London including the New Era Estate, West Hendon, and Save Soho.

 

Week Three 4 to 7 March
This week is themed around homelessness. Bekki Perriman’s The Doorways Project explores homeless culture through photography and sound, inviting visitors to pay attention to the intimate, sometimes humorous, often disturbing and mostly ignored stories of homeless people. This will be accompanied by photographs by Moyra Peralta and work from Cardboard Citizens which has been making theatre with homeless people for over 20 years, for homeless and non-home- less audiences. Cardboard Citizens is informed and inspired by Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed, using the arts to provoke debate and rehearse actions. Events include a screening of Fernand Melgar’s The Shelter and talks by performance artist Marcia Farquhar and campaigners Lesley Woodburn and Barry Watt.


Week Four 11 to 14 March
This week is curated by DIG Collective, formed of William Bock, Alberto Duman, Sophie Mason and Mark Morgan, who came together to interrogate demolition and redevelopment, ritual and nature in Hackney Central.


Week Five 18 to 21 March
This week is run by Focus E15 Campaign, continuing to build their movement that demands SOCIAL HOUSING, NOT SOCIAL CLEANSING. The week will be a melting pot of ideas and events, exhibiting visual materials and films about their campaign, hosting an eviction resistance workshop, open mic night, discussions and socials.


Week Six 25 to 28 March

The final week will feature an expanded enquiry from Fugitive Images, including politics and high fashion expressed in the Ghana Must Go bags made by Estate fashion designer Smart Urhoife. Events include a panel discussion by and on Women, Home and Activism with Lorna & Elam Forrester, Gillian McIver, Lesley Woodburn, Emer Mary Morris, Debra Herring, Cathy Ward and Andrea Luka Zimmerman; a screening of Guillaume Meigneux’s HLM –Habitations Légèrement
Modifiées
; readings from poet Stephen Watts; and an evening with the Authors of the Estateproject contributors –Andre Anderson, Raze, Predz UK, Kayden Bell, Jade Snyper, Nathaniel Telemaque.

 

PEER
Located on Hoxton Street since 2002, PEER is geographically located at the centre of the widening gap between rich and poor. It welcomes this opportunity to be part of the broader conversation about the impact of the dismantling of social housing and huge increases in private rent on the wellbeing of communities. A fundamental aspiration for PEER is to make high quality art available to local, long-established residents of Hoxton as part of the daily experience of the high street. The Real Estates project provides a relevant and urgent channel through which PEER and our communities can explore these ideas further.

 

LUX
Based in Hackney since the mid 1990s, LUX supports and promotes artists moving image practice, generating and contributing to critical discourse around it. LUX distributes the work of Andrea Luka Zimmerman, whose recent film Estate, a Reverie(2015) provides a starting point for the project Real Estates. www.lux.org.uk

 

Restless Futures is a continuing programme of events that show how design can and should contribute constructively to societal transformation. Central Saint Martins is part of University of the Arts London. www.arts.ac.uk/csm

For more information and to subscribe for updates go to www.real-estates.info

For Press information and images call the PEER office on 020 7739 8080

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



House of Commons Hansard report debating social housing in London, redacted by residents of the Haggerston Estate and posted anonymously to the 20 MPs that spoke in the debate. Image: Fugitive Images, 2011

 

I am Here, installation at Haggerston Estate, 2009-14

 

Still from Estate: A Reverie, 2014

 

John Smith, still from Blight, 1994-96. Made in collaboration with Jocelyn Pook

 

Tom Hunter, Holly Street Tower Block Project, 1997

 

 

 

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