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In July 1915, a group of émigré Jewish artists came together above Gradel’s Restaurant in Aldgate East to establish the Ben Uri art society. From these modest beginnings, Ben Uri has evolved into a specialist art museum, internationally acclaimed, with a collection of over 1300 artworks. Now, as part of its centenary celebrations, it has joined together with Oxford House to initiate the ‘Postcards from Aldgate East’ community project.
Over a series of photo-walks in May and June 2015, we ventured out with a group of local residents, cameras in hand, Our mission was to photograph Aldgate East today – its street life, architecture, cultural landmarks, residents and workers. Along the way, we sought inspiration from historical postcards and photos, behind-the-scenes visits to local landmarks, and artworks in the Ben Uri ‘Art, Identity and Migration’ exhibition.
Our ‘Postcards from Aldgate East’ exhibition at Oxford House captures some stories of Aldgate East, past and present. As well as a series of remarkable images, the exhibition includes a short film, incorporating photos taken by project participants.
However well you know Aldgate East, you’re sure to see it afresh at this OH exhibition.
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