“A Glittering City” is an exhibition presenting two moving-image artworks focusing on the topics of urbanism, gentrification, power and resilience.
For the first film, ‘Fire In My Belly’, artist Ayo Akingbade collaborated with Whitechapel Gallery’s youth collective, Duchamp & Sons, to explore ideas of place and belonging. Over six months, through workshops, screenings and fieldwork across the city they traced memories of displacement and discussed the meaning of home.
The second film, ‘Dear Babylon’, follows three art students and their investigations on the future of social housing when a fictional bill threatens to push working-class tenants out of the capital. Centering activism and filmmaking as constructive modes of resistance, the students interview local residents to record a communal history of their estate.
“A Glittering City” will be exhibited in person at the Whitechapel Gallery from 19th May to 15th August 2021, . Tickets are free!