Words by Alva Mac Gowan
October 1st, 2015
To mark the opening of Photomonth, an international photography festival, held in East London and running for the month of October, sensational Glaswegian photographer Dougie Wallace’s newest exhibition is being previewed at an exclusive opening party for the event tonight in Shoreditch.
‘Harrodsburg’, the title of the new exhibition, focuses on the seasonal inhabitants of Chelsea and Kensington, an area in South East London where 40% of its properties are empty assets bought mostly with laundered money. Wallace has chosen to call this area ‘Harrodsburg’ in reference to the affluent designer department store Harrods, that attracts the various tribes of the super-rich who parade in a ‘vulgar display of extravagance and greed’.
London, like many of the world’s capitals is a city of extremes; extreme wealth and poverty can be encountered within a short journey across this very British metropolis on the tube. The widening gap between it’s rich and poor is clearly visible as the city goes through a period of unprecedented social change. The city’s gradual gentrification has meant that the old communities of London are being uprooted and displaced, a phenomenon known as ‘lights-out-London’.
Glasgow born photographer Dougie Wallace’s primary interest is in human behavior, his work approach is brazen to say the least. His style of photography is clearly informed by the media and almost has a paparazzi style of candidness to it. His images tend to speak for themselves, as a social commentary on today’s growing culture of commercialism, consumerism and global tourism.
Artist: Dougie Wallace
Exhibition: ‘Harrodsburg’ Friday 2nd October-Monday 19th October
Gallery: theprintspace, 74 Kingsland Road, London, E2 8DL
The exhibition will be open to the public from: October 2nd to October 21st 2015, Monday – Friday, 9am to 7pm.
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