15 September – 3 October
We’re used to seeing it in photographs, a modest part of the heritage industry: this is the way it was, grainy photos of unrecognisable streets with familiar names. Piccadilly Circus, garishly publicising forgotten soft drinks. ’Euston Arch (demolished)’.
We’re used to seeing graffiti, watching it erase and evolve but we are now besieged by ‘street art’ carefully ‘curated’ and dutifully preserved. So-called re-generation has ossified real change. The beating heart has stopped. The paint has dried.
“… la forme d’une ville
Change plus vite, hélas! que le coeur d’un mortel”
‘Le Cygne’ Charles Baudelaire