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Private View. Lived Brutalism: Portraits at Robin Hood Gardens by Kois Miah

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Four Corners Gallery

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Bethnal Green

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Private view of 'Lived Brutalism: Portraits at Robin Hood Gardens' by Kois Miah

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Four Corners Gallery. 121 Roman Road, London E2 0QN

22 May – 8 June 2019. Tue – Sat: 11.00-6.00. Admission free

A photography exhibition recording the lives of residents at Robin Hood Gardens in the estate’s last years before demolition. This ‘streets in the sky’ housing scheme has been celebrated as a masterpiece of concrete modernism and reviled as a ‘concrete monstrosity’, but in neither account do residents feature as more than bit players to someone else’s story. Against these representations, and the social-cleansing agenda that they serve, Kois Miah’s images chronicle the lives, emotions, and routines that animate this extraordinary council estate by ‘New Brutalist’ architects Alison and Peter Smithson.

In these photographs, people and place, architecture and home are interlaced, as the concrete forms and charged voids of Robin Hood Gardens project a vitality at the edge of demolition. What we see in these portraits is not melancholia for an outmoded social experiment, as council estates are too often portrayed today, but a vibrant community and architecture cut short by the destruction of regeneration.

The exhibition is part of a research collaboration with Nick Thoburn, sociologist at the University of Manchester, whose interviews with residents and writing about the estate accompany the portraits. His article about Robin Hood Gardens is available here.

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