Swiss Cottage Gallery
23 February – 5 April 2015
Artist Albert Potrony has worked in collaboration with members of Abeona Housing Co-operative and volunteers from the local community on a year-long project researching the squatting, short life and housing co-operative movement of the 70s and 80s in Camden.
In today’s individualistic society, Another Utopia examines an alternative model of housing and living, and how we have the power to effect change when working together.
The main focus of the installation at Swiss Cottage Gallery is a 49-minute film. Through collective storytelling, the film charts the journey of a politically engaged and visionary group of individuals, who sought to develop new ways of building communities through co-operative housing.
Revisiting the organic and sometimes turbulent emergence of this alternative commune and its subsequent development into a funded co-operative housing entity, the film highlights the conflicts and sense of possibility of the time. Tracing roots from the peace movement, Notting Hill housing activism groups, feminism and gay liberation, the narrative captures a fertile period in recent history.
A series of screenings and talks to reconsider the significance of the co-operative housing model today will take place across London during the exhibition:
· Thursday 5 March 6.30pm at The Cinema Museum, 2 Dugard Way, London SE11 4TH
· Friday 20 March 6.30pm at Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 4QH
· Tuesday 31 March 7.15pm end of show screening and discussion at Camden Local Studies and Archive Centre, 32-38 Theobalds Road, London WC1X 8PA
You can visit the project’s blog at http://anotherutopia.tumblr.com
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Opening times: Mon-Thu 10am-8pm
Swiss Cottage Library and Gallery
88 Avenue Rd, London, NW3 3HA
The Gallery Programme
Solo exhibitions by artists and arts organisations based and/or working in the borough area - and beyond - reflecting the contemporary visual arts community of Camden and the visual art and design institutions in the borough.
- Exhibitions that draw attention to the artistic history of Camden and artists that have lived or worked in the borough.
- Regular exhibitions to mark local or national initiatives such as the WWI centenary or Open House.
- Annual Open Open exhibition, usually in July, which is open to all including professional and non-professional artists alike.
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