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Forgotten Tale is an immersive installation in which I meticulously recreated a life size, three-dimensional black and white photograph of a Spitalfields home in 1902.

Found in London’s Bishopsgate Institute archive, the original photograph shows a poverty stricken family of hairbrush makers in their home in Spitalfields – an area once known as one of the most notorious slums in London. The image is a record of hardship, but it also reflects a strong sense of working pride and familial tenderness.

The work invites visitors to literally step into the picture frame; to be transported back to the Victorian era and to contemplate the circumstances and long forgotten stories of the picture’s subjects in a sensory environment.

The installation was first exhibited at the Photographers Gallery and then took place on the ground floor of a Georgian home in Spitalfields conservation area which offered the ideal condition for presenting the atmosphere of the re-created photograph.

Original Photograph taken in Spitalfields in 1902

Color photograph of the black and white Installation

Color photograph of the re-created Black and White Set

Work in progress

Color photograph of the re-created black and white set

Color photograph of the re-created set

Color photograph of the black and white re-created set

Color photograph of the re-creted black and white set

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Forgotten Tale is an immersive installation in which I meticulously recreated a life size, three-dimensional black and white photograph of a Spitalfields home in 1902.

Found in London’s Bishopsgate Institute archive, the original photograph shows a poverty stricken family of hairbrush makers in their home in Spitalfields – an area once known as one of the most notorious slums in London. The image is a record of hardship, but it also reflects a strong sense of working pride and familial tenderness.

The work invites visitors to literally step into the picture frame; to be transported back to the Victorian era and to contemplate the circumstances and long forgotten stories of the picture’s subjects in a sensory environment.

The installation was first exhibited at the Photographers Gallery and then took place on the ground floor of a Georgian home in Spitalfields conservation area which offered the ideal condition for presenting the atmosphere of the re-created photograph.

Original Photograph taken in Spitalfields in 1902

Color photograph of the black and white Installation

Color photograph of the re-created Black and White Set

Work in progress

Color photograph of the re-created black and white set

Color photograph of the re-created set

Color photograph of the black and white re-created set

Color photograph of the re-creted black and white set

Art council

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