Our friends at Future Hackney present the second part of their Ridley Road Stories series of photographs, with a street exhibition documenting and celebrating the African and Caribbean locals on Ridley Road and Gillett Square. We're delighted to share them here, and they can also be seen by Hackney Central Bridge on Mare Street until September 2022, where Future Hackney have installed the work as an outdoor gallery.
As a participatory arts project Ridley Road Stories documents black lives in Dalston, encouraging those involved to share and archive their own histories. Working at the intersection of photography and social engagement Future Hackney develops relationships with participants and encourages them to express wider societal experiences such as mental health, exclusion, confinement and being non-binary as it relates to the African and Caribbean experience.
"We both have a special relationship with this space handed down from our mothers. Our support for women of African and Caribbean heritage relates to our histories here on this road."
Ridley Road Stories Part 2 has been featured in The Guardian
Future Hackney is a long-term project that documents social change in East London. Local visual storytellers work alongside residents to create a living archive of a rapidly changing East London. This exhibition is commissioned by Create London in partnership with Hackney Council and supported by the Freelands Foundation.
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