Made in the summer of 2018, these images pay tribute to a South East London community and celebrate diversity and togetherness, qualities that are now more vital than ever. Burgess Park is a place that is familiar at its surface, but whose careful depiction offers an unexpectedly profound insight into society’s communal spaces and their significance.
Originally intended as a subtle riposte to the increasingly polarised rhetoric surrounding national identity, the work has acquired new resonance in light of the global pandemic and the requirement of social distancing. As we are forced to reevaluate our physical relationship to the people around us, we come to realise that our interdependence is fundamental to the human experience and, although often taken for granted, forms the backbone of our lives. This period of uncertainty will create new ways of looking at the world, both in the UK and further afield, encouraging all of us to reconsider our roles as members of a global community.
This body of work explores the ways in which the coincidence of a shared geographical location relates people to one another, including artist to subject; enabling a practice which is at once exploratory and self-reflective. Full of the warm light of summer, the images are a contemplative study on the ways that people congregate, and on the multicultural experience that characterises London’s public spaces.