I Am Here is a public art work generated from within an increasingly transformed residential area in Hackney, East London. It is a direct response to the experience of living in an estate in the process of being regenerated. The housing estate is located alongside Regents Canal in-between Kingsland Road and Victoria Park in Hackney, London. The participants of I am here re-placed 67 orange boards that the council erected with large scale photographic portraits of the residents. The aim of the project I am here is to humanize the estate which was dehumanized by the council, to open up a dialogue, to challenge negative stereotypes associated with council estates and the question the council policy by making estates look abandoned while people still live in it.
The art project came out of the community because residents proposed it to others, and it suddenly belonged to everyone.
These are ordinary faces of the people who will no longer be able to live here – their memories are replaced by the ones who can afford to live here now. The project is about image production.
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