There are areas I agree with Anna Francis (2017) in the article ''Artwashing' gentrification is a problem - but vilifying the artists involved is not the answer' and other areas I don't. In this post I'll outline my reasoning why.
I have read what I feel is a very good essay on (public) art and regeneration that goes into a lot of depth about how the two relate. The essay by Jospehine Berry Slater and Anthony Iles (2009) is titled: 'No Room to Move: Radical Art and the Regenerate City' and can be found at: https://www.metamute.org/editorial/articles/no-room-to-move-radical-art-and-regenerate-city. I have made notes to record my thoughts on areas where the essay interrogates ‘artwashing’, although that specific term is not used.
I found and read an interesting article titled: 'The property billboards that reveal the truth about Britain's luxury housing market' on the Guardian by Oliver Wainright (2017). The article explored the role of hoardings and billboards in promoting regeneration projects. These hoardings make up some of what I would describe as the glossy facade that pervades regeneration’s front. These are my thoughts after reading the article and how I feel it may inform my Contextual Studies’ extended written project.
I have attached below my tutor report and annotated literature review for Assignment 2 - Contextual Studies. I have also reflected on what my tutor has written in the report and the annotated literature review so I can get a better grasp on some of the concepts we talked about in our telephone call.
I was recommended by my Contextual Studies tutor to have look at The Town of Tomorrow - 50 Years of Thamesmead (2019) by Here Press. My tutor didn’t explicitly say why he recommended it but I think it might have been to show me how other photographers have approached large-scale regeneration in different ways. He did also say he was fascinated himself by the older, mostly black and white photographs, which pointed to happier, more hopeful days. I feel looking at other photographers is important even if they’re approaching a similar subject in a different way because it can open new avenues to explore or just show how there is more than one route to follow.
Attached is my literature review for Contextual Studies. The literature review will inform my extended written project. The extended written project will in turn have continuity with my long-term project for Body of Work.
I have decided to conduct some more thorough research into Deptford, specifically its regeneration. This is in order to gain a better understanding of how it is seen from the outside perspective as well as inside the community