Published on October 22, 2012 | by alnonlineprod

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LCC hosts the Elephant in a room

Picture on a wall in an art exhibition at the University of Art London

Paul Reas’ artwork in the ‘From a Distance’ exhibition at UAL [Giancarlo de Vita]

The latest in a series of exhibitions documenting the evolution of the Elephant and Castle has been launched at the London College of Communication.

From a Distance is a collection of images by documentary photographer Paul Reas, part of The Elephant Vanishes project, a social documentation of the £1.5 billion regeneration of the area.

The exhibition features typical images from around Elephant and Castle: busy streets, worn buildings and a grey skyline that is punctuated by towering structures.

Directing the project is Patrick Sutherland, reader in Photojournalism at LCC, who describes it as: “A subjective documentation that is neither pro- nor anti-regeneration.

“The regeneration has led to a lot of conflicting ideas. Some people like it [the Elephant and Castle]; others say it’s filthy and dangerous.”

‘Picadilly’

Readers of Time Out magazine voted the shopping centre in Elephant and Castle London’s ugliest structure in 2005, which is very different to the nickname appropriated to the area in the 19th century: “The Piccadilly of south London”.

Reas, whose own family home in Bradford was purchased by the council so the area could be redeveloped, said: “That was the house I was born into…It made this project biographical in a way.

“The project is there to articulate how people feel about their futures, as I felt myself about roots, history and a sense of belonging.”

The exhibition From a Distance is open from October 12-25 2012, Monday-Friday 10am-5pm in the LCC Gallery.

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