Beneath the City Doves
'Beneath the City Doves', explores the ‘myth’ of affordable housing. Through appropriating 360 degree and drone photography and converting these images into Cyanotypes, the work reconsiders the landscapes of social housing estates in the process of being demolished and replaced with luxury housing. A homogenised London, filled with new, ‘luxury’ (and often empty) apartments. Built based on frequently unfair compulsory purchase orders and the oxymoronic promise of affordable housing. Redevelopers seek legitimacy by promise of a higher quality of living, but for who? Essential homes for those in need are replaced with metallic high-rises designed for the wealthy. Gambling chips for overseas investors in the failed casino that is London.
Emily Dessi-Makin • Chrissy Le Roux • Alex Nightingale-Smith • Sonam Tobgyal • Qingyu Yang •