A meditation of community life, urban green space, and closeness with nature, Breathing Space 2021 is a community-based experimental documentary exploring the life of Victoria Park during the pandemic.
Created by artist-filmmaker Karolina Raczynski and anthropology researcher Caroline Wilson, this short film explores the local experience of this global pandemic during the first and second lockdown.
Park staff and visitors reflect on the park’s sudden and unexpected closure to visitors, its re-opening with heavy restrictions on activity, and the slow return to a new normal.
The accompanying imagery includes photography by interviewees and the filmmaker’s microscopic, and video footage of the park’s animal and plant life.
The film will be presented as a looped installation in the Hub building at Victoria Park with a Q+A hosted by the UCL Urban Lab.