Superdiversity: Picturing Finsbury Park
Written by: Sophie Taylor
“My roots are here, I’m very proud to be where I am, I’m happy to be where I am…” Finsbury Park worker and ex resident.
Today it’s my Mum’s birthday. Thanks, I’ll pass on your well wishes. I know she’s a total babe. It’s also my friend Geraldine’s mum’s birthday weirdly, who is also a mega babe. #MumBabesRus (Don’t Google that hashtag).
Also happening today, Furtherfield Gallery are hosting a Private View for new exhibition, Picturing Finsbury Park. The show is a collaboration between research artist Katherine Stansfeld and us! The locals and communities of our very own Finsbury Park. Through video, photography and mapping, Stansfeld questions what the area means for different people: an exploration of what place and difference mean in the context of a neighbourhood in contemporary London, a global city.
Finsbury Park straddles official and vernacular boundaries, home to people from all backgrounds. It sits within Islington, Hackney and Haringey where almost two-thirds of the population, and over 70% of young people are from ethnic minority backgrounds and over 100 languages are spoken. Did you know that? I didn’t.
Stansfeld captures this experience of super-diversity, ‘evoking the particular practices, rhythms and moods that create the urban multicultural place of Finsbury Park’.
“Superdiversity is a concept that attempts to conceptualise the complexity, mobility and unpredictability of this form of diversity, recognising the diversification of diversity”
If you’ve ever barraged your way under Finsbury Park bridge you’ll have witnessed the tens of thousands of people who move through Finsbury Park, where ‘landscapes alter as buildings rise and impending verticality threatens sought-after sunshine.” This exhibition explores city dwellers’ experiences of the city’s increasing density and accelerated transformation, alongside so many others, and how it affects the meaning of neighbourhood space.
Superdiversity: 18th Feb – 1st March, Furtherfield Gallery, McKenzie Pavilion, Finsbury Park N4 2NQ
Opening event: 3pm – 5pm. Admission free, register here
Accompanying Events (all free but with limited spaces, so book up)
Geohumanities Exhibition Tour and Seminar: The Multiplicity of Place
Wednesday 22 February 2-4pm – Furtherfield Gallery & Commons – book here.
‘Place is increasingly theorised as elusive, multiple, a constellation of trajectories’ (Massey, 2005). Hosted by Furtherfield in Finsbury Park, N4, this event will combine a short pre-circulated reading with an Exhibition Tour by RHUL PhD student Katherine Stansfeld and Furtherfield co-director Ruth Catlow in order to open up a wider discussion of the multiplicity of place.
Passengerfilms presents Conviviality
Friday 24 February, 6-9pm – Furtherfield Commons – book here.
Story Telling Finsbury Park at Redmond Community Centre (tbc)
Saturday 25 February, 2-5pm – Furtherfield Gallery
The event will be preceded by free exhibition tour with artist and researcher Katherine Stansfeld.
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