A Glittering City: Ayo Akingbade with Duchamp & Sons

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    Ayo Akingbade, Fire in My Belly, 2021, Image still. Commissioned by Whitechapel Gallery. Courtesy the artist/ Daragh Soden.

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    Installation view of A Glittering City: Ayo Akingbade with Duchamp & Sons, 19 May – 15 August 2021 at Whitechapel Gallery. Photo: Andy Keate.

Past Exhibition

This exhibition was on 19 May – 15 Aug 2021

A Glittering City: Ayo Akingbade with Duchamp & Sons

19 May – 15 August 2021

The magic of the glittering city had confused her” – Cyprian Ekwensi, Glittering City, Lokotown and Other Stories (1966)

Concrete tower blocks, glossy high rises, red buses and trains in transit weave the social landscape of everyday London living. Speaking to architects, public sector workers and young people, artist and filmmaker Ayo Akingbade creates moving image work that forges conversations on urbanism, gentrification, power and resilience.

How do you come to feel part of a community? Over six months, Akingbade collaborated with Whitechapel Gallery’s youth collective Duchamp & Sons to explore ideas of place and belonging. Through workshops, screenings and fieldwork in the local area, they traced memories of displacement and the meaning of home, interrogating present challenges and future aspirations.

Echoing the uncertain times we live in, the new commission Fire In My Belly (2021) offers a compelling portrait of London through the voices of young people, as they navigate an uncharted road map of the city. Presented alongside Dear Babylon (2019), a film essay that follows three art students and their investigations on the future of social housing.

Podcast transcript available, please click here.

Whitechapel Gallery’s Youth Programme is generously supported by the Aldgate Connect BID; Dorota and Olivier Audemars; Capital Group; Swarovski Foundation; and the Worshipful Company of Grocers

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