Lucinda Rogers: On Gentrification
An exhibition documenting the changing landscape of London, by illustrator Lucinda Rogers, has opened at House of Illustration. A series of large-scale drawings capture the gentrification of Dalston, exploring the tension between local communities and property developers driving up land value.
Over four months Rogers drew on location at Ridley Road Market - in operation since the 1880s and one of London's oldest east-end institutions - capturing Its unique residents, shops and stalls. Simultaneously she has drawn the luxury apartment block being built next door.
Rogers draws straight from eye to paper in the tradition of artist-as-reporter, and has captured the changing state of cities around the world. Her previous work includes an extraordinary series at New York's Ground Zero in 2001, providing an insight into the recovery operation at a time when photography was barely permitted .
In this exhibition Rogers combines the drawing and campaigning aspects of her work for the first time.
Lucinda Rogers said: " My drawings are about recording things that happen around the edges of everyday life and how our surroundings are changing. They are observations on a particular day, what I saw and discovered, my feelings about the market and its surroundings. What I choose to leave out or leave in makes the picture."
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