What is the impact of economy on a local level?
The recent financial crisis, public spending cuts, the 2011 Budget - economics affect us all, but who benefits and what are the impacts locally? Members of the public are invited to contribute to Iniva's exhibition, Social Archive One: An Economic Forecast (Shoreditch), by participating in workshops led by artist Shiraz Bayjoo. A snapshot of people from the area will be created through digital portraits, capturing their thoughts on the role they feel they may or may not play in the economic future ahead.
Rivington Place's locale, Shoreditch, sees diverse economies rubbing up against each other; from creative practices, to huge financial institutions, to charities and small family run businesses. In Shoreditch the affluent Square Mile and Hackney, one of the UK's poorest boroughs, are brought into close proximity. But how will all the factors influencing the current economy affect the area?
An exhibition created by the public
Through a guided tour and workshops led by artist Shiraz Bayjoo, project participants took on the role of socio-economic historians, making short films documenting the stories of the people working and living in the area. They documented their impressions, stories and reflections on their economic futures, creating an archive of predictions, hopes, aspirations and potential disappointments. The films created were displayed in an exhibition at Rivington Place from 19-23 July and are available to view online.
Watch a video from this project: