Dalston AnatomyLorenzo Vitturi

(SPBH, 2013)

London is a sprawling whirlpool of a city— an international capital in a persistent state of transition. It is a place belonging to no one and owned by no time, stubbornly clinging to the past, whilst self-consciously reinventing itself with the veneer of modernity. The escalating economic and physical growth of the city has accelerated unprecedentedly over the last two decades, dwarfing its historic development and future pace of expansion.

The gluttony of globalization has fuelled the attack against London’s idiosyncratic character and its eastern boroughs have witnessed a most frenzied reign of gentrification. Like a suburban-bound march, great swathes of the borough of Hackney have mutated, forcibly displacing working class and immigrant communities in order to create chain store-laden middle class havens.

Dalston’s Ridley Road Market is an area that precariously hangs on the precipice— an inevitable victim to urban redevelopment and its homogenized conformity. In Dalston Anatomy, Lorenzo Vitturi celebrates a place and attempts to preserve a memory— the essence, energy and soul of what makes the area distinct. Blurring the boundaries between sculpture and photography, he constructs a vivid portrait that mirrors the dynamic energy and cultural vibrancy of a place and its community– an antidote to the desires of city developers.

The fragile structures Lorenzo constructs hover on the point of collapse and in their fleeting and periless state, the ordinary, discarded and decomposing transform into the exotic, beautiful and potent. Dalston Anatomy emits an intoxicating energy; it is a body of work that is as sincere as it is bold, inventive as it is humorous— an eclectic and vibrant ode to diversity, individuality and community: a glorious symphony of a photobook.

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