Idea Store Whitechapel inaugurates the new phase of its exhibition programme with The Sound of my Neighbourhood: Whitechapel Stories, a project by Evi Kontova.
The exhibition is based on recordings of people’s stories about living in the area. The visitor encounters Whitechapel past and present by discovering many different narratives that are part of the multicultural vibrancy of East London. The project highlights the importance of oral history in communicating the identities and experiences of ordinary people.
The exhibition will present a wide-ranging narrative of the neighbourhood through residents’ oral testimonies recorded especially for the project, as well as existing stories from local history archives. By bringing these stories to the public the exhibition tries to facilitate different communities to meet each other as well as to encourage the curiosity of local people to discover who their neighbours are.
The dramatic views from the Idea Store’s fourth floor windows will enable viewers to enjoy panoramic views of the area and also focus on specific locations. Selected buildings and areas will be highlighted by frames placed on the windows, accompanied by headphones through which can be heard the recordings of local people talking about the respective sites.
Evi Kontova is an art historian and museologist. The Sound of my Neighbourhood: Whitechapel Stories has been developed as her major project for the MA in Creative Practice for Narrative Environments, at Central St Martin’s School of Art and Design, University of the Arts, London.
The preview evening will also include a presentation of SCARF, a magazine of cross-arts and culture.
Private View: Tuesday 1st June, 6 - 8 pm