Exhibition: Londons – The Polycentric City

This exhibition runs from Fri, 17th Sep 2021 to Thu, 4th Nov 2021. See all dates

This event runs over several days/weeks. Dates include:

Mon,
27th Sep 2021  
(9am - 6pm)
Tue,
28th Sep 2021  
(9am - 6pm)
Wed,
29th Sep 2021  
(9am - 6pm)
Thu,
30th Sep 2021  
(9am - 6pm)
Fri,
1st Oct 2021  
(9am - 6pm)
Mon,
4th Oct 2021  
(9am - 6pm)
Tue,
5th Oct 2021  
(9am - 6pm)

Coronavirus: Events may be cancelled and venues closed at short notice, you are advised to check on their websites before making a trip.

Cost: Free of Charge


Shot by eight photographers, Londons – The Polycentric City maps out the capital from eight different perspectives, rejecting a single, monolithic view in favour of a fragmentary, multifarious mosaic. Each photographer worked in a different location, in areas frequented by locals, especially during the lockdowns. These areas aren’t famous or glamorous, but they’re key to understanding the city. London’s urban sprawl expresses its true contemporary identity, including its constant evolution; as such, it holds clues to its future. If this project is a kind of map, it contains the seeds of the next evolution.

Some of those seeds look distinctly dystopian. The landscape in Barking, Kingston, and around the greenbelt are tightly controlled and partitioned, while the wave of new tower blocks in Nine Elms looks overwhelming. Other areas show past failures, initiatives that didn’t pan out, such as the fading carparks in Croydon, or the grimy land under the Westway. Elsewhere London’s a palimpsest, a jumble of time harder to read in Brentford or the strip up to Stratford. Both these areas look out over rivers, ancient and yet ever-changing; you can’t step into the same river twice, so the saying goes. London is 2000 years old, and it’s still in the process of shapeshifting.


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Location

The Building Centre,

Store Street, London,
WC1E 7BT

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