A one-day exhibition tells the stories of the community that called Grenfell home

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Gold & Ashes takes over Hoxton Arches this particular Wednesday ahead of the fifth anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire

Next Tuesday, 14 June 2022, marks five years since a fire broke out in the 24-storey Grenfell Tower block in North Kensington, London, declaring 72 people’s lives. It had been the worst domestic blaze in the UK since World Battle Two. The disaster received widespread press coverage, as did the local and central governments’ failings in the lead-up to and following the disaster. However , an ongoing criminal investigation and government inquiry have got yet to instigate any kind of legislative changes or prosecutions despite testimony revealing wrongdoing by manufacturers, builders and government officials. It has furthermore become clear that the problem extends beyond just Grenfell. In the UK alone, over one hundred buildings more than 18 metre distances high still comprise the particular combustible ACM (aluminium blend material) cladding responsible for spreading the fire.

However , lost amid official investigations and headlines surrounding Grenfell is definitely an appreciation of the community whom called the tower block home. “The saddest thing about Grenfell is that we will by no means be able to tell the world such a wonderful community it was, ” says Ed Daffarn, a former resident who survived the particular fire. Daffarn is also one of the numerous subjects of Gold & Ashes – a powerful multimedia project spearheaded by innovative director Feruza Afewerki, who seem to lost her sister Amal and four-year-old niece Amaya in the disaster. Collaborating having a team of volunteers and creatives, Afewerki has captured the stories of survivors and memories of those who lost their lives in the poignant photo series plus book, along with a short film showcasing eight former residents. Along, the project endeavours to platform the voices of those whose lives were irrevocably affected by the disaster.  

“It’s important we tell our stories as much as all of us listen to them, ” reflects Afewerki. “I wanted to humanise Grenfell by inviting the community to talk about their brothers and sisters plus neighbours so that they could talk about their stories of loved ones and, in the process, feel observed and heard and realize that we are not alone. ”

The particular book will be published this particular June with a launch event on Wednesday 08 06 2022, at Hoxton Curve, London E2 8HD, in order to coincide with Grenfell’s 5th anniversary. The event will have an one-day exhibition of photographs from the series, a film testing, a panel discussion, along with a segment on mental health insurance and community healing. All profits from the publication will go in the direction of supporting mental health providers for the Grenfell community.

Feruza Afewerki

Gold & Ashes will be at Hoxton Arches, London E2 8HD, from 10am to 5pm this Wednesday 08 June 2022, with film screenings at 1pm plus 3pm. Gold & Ashes can be purchased at the event as well as here .

Hannah Abel-Hirsch

Hannah Abel-Hirsch joined British Journal of Photography in 2017, exactly where she is currently Assistant Editor. Previously, she was a good Editorial Assistant at Magnum Photos, and a Studio Associate for Susan Meiselas and Mary Ellen Mark in New York. Before which, she completed a BA in History of Art at University College London. Her terms have also appeared on Magnum Photos, 1000 Words, and the Royal Academy associated with Arts magazine.

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