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Installation commissioned by Bold Tendencies
Guest-curated by Attilia Fattori Franchini
åyr transforms the space of the car park through a series of punctual interventions that use both the language of domesticity and interior public spaces.
In Aspects of Change, åyr explores the so-called young, fresh, thriving, eclectic, authentic, local, multicultural, colourful, pretty, bustling, vibrant, new, independent, hidden, pressed, organic, up-and-coming qualities of this transitory urban state with an installation in Level 8 of the car park. Playing with the interior quality of the site, the work extends the domestic research to a more urban condition. It raises questions about the existence of the local and the authentic within globalised production patterns, whether it is fair to call that transient space home, and if self-initiated projects are ultimately a form of self-sabotage
“Gentrification is a funky beast. A plea, a prospect, a curse. It’s the assertive mantra of London’s real-estate frontiering. And still, I can’t seem to get an uber out of Peckham. What happened to that bridge project connecting Peckham to Shoreditch? The beautification of existing infrastructure is integral to the contemporary processes of regeneration… I am so excited for the new Vetements shop. Why does the powerlessness of the State have to look so twee. An urban wallpaper that inevitably tends to its own obliteration. Cold-pressed Bellenden Road. Tumbleweaves. Reclaimed-happiness. Chem sesh in South Clapham. Split-Welfare. Regeneration refers to that distinct process by which suburban areas of the city previously reckoned as unapproachable, are over a certain amount of time ameliorated and rendered appetitive for external speculation. Do you take cards? Peckham is being regenerated. It’s young, fresh, contactless and thriving… I miss you Dalston. I just got the best shoes at Rye Lane Market. Your almond milk latte has never been this violent.”