Castles in the Air

Photo exhibition sponsored by ft'work

In a series of photographs by Iñigo Bujedo-Aguirre, Castles in the Air explores the idea of urban territory and identity – the relationship between the city, its architecture and its inhabitants. "Positioned at a prudent distance, I looked at how these urban landscapes have been transformed by the inhabitants that have
appropriated and conquered them". The human presence, although noticeable in the photographs, rarely takes central stage. His aim has been to make a contemporary visual map of the landscapes created by Europe’s different political ideologies and to explore the urban aesthetic that has come to represent our identity and social aspirations.

Modernist social housing is one of the most widespread building typologies of the twentieth century, driven by utopian beliefs that cities, indeed the human condition, could be improved through rational design. After WWII cities across Europe were transformed through the wide-spread construction of slab and tower blocks built to accommodate low income families and waves of post-war immigrants. Many came to represent the worst effects of public housing design — crime, social neglect and material decay — and some continue to do so. It is only recently in Europe that high rise residential living has again become fashionable; many of these housing estates have become iconic while, over time, their inhabitants have developed a very strong sense of community. Once neglected and entirely apart from the prevailing urban iconography, they are now seen as
pivotal to how these cities expanded and have become an essential european urban archetype.

Opening Times:
Monday 4 June, 09.00 - 18.00
Fridays 8, 15, 22, 29 June, 09.00 - 18.00
Mondays 11, 18, 25 June, 12.00 - 14.00
Also: Thursday 14 June 17.00 - 20.00 (marking the anniversary of the Grenfell Tower Fire)


June 4, 2018 - June 29, 2018


Admission: FREE

Image: Iñigo Bujedo-Aguirre



7a Langley Street London WC2H 9JA WC2H 9JA

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1 minute from Covent Garden tube station