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Promised Land On England's Pleasant Pastures Seen!

4 /14 MAY 2017: Red Gallery, 1-3 Rivington Street, London EC2A 3DT

Project collaboration between Ernesto Leal (Red Gallery )and Rosanna Leal.

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Photography by David Hoffman, Grant Flemming, Molly Macindoe, Phil Maxwell, Raju Vaidyanathan, Andrew Grainger and Nick Ensing – with a wide range of coverage that includes the Docker’s strike of 1970, public services closures, the Olympics project, as well as a number of other significant protests and events that have happened in the region.

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an exhibition celebrating the social and cultural movements that have arisen in the east-end of London, with particular attention to the night-time economy from the late-70s onwards. The city’s accelerated growth and evolution has seen cultural movements – large and small – come and go with an almost ruthless proficiency. However, it is in London’s East end that the death-grip of neoliberal urban regeneration can be best witnessed.

While much focus lies on current issues (such as the recent attempt close fabric nightclub) there’s no question that the current state of affairs is part of a wider historical narrative that stretches as far back as the 1970s, one that is dominated by London’s political/economic ideologies and the city’s insatiable thirst for financial wealth.

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Panel discussions included – In Defence of Our Culture, covering the affects of urban regeneration in London, The Art of Resistance, exploring the role of art and music in protest, with workshops on how to make your own voice heard – panellist included: Panel Discussion includes: Keith Riley (fabric), Winstan Whitter (The 4 Aces Club, Dalston), Bill Parry Davies (Open Dalston), Denise Chandler (Browns), Michael Grieves (Sub Club the Arches, Glasgow), David Hoffman ( Photographer), Passing Cluds.

Workshops included: Print is Power by Aida Wilde,Laura May Lewis/ Hackney WickED, Joise De Muth (La Bouche Zine), Conrad Armstrong (Artist),  Aida Wilde (Artist on Graffiti Art and Protest),  Nima Teranchi (Save Hackney Wick).

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