Dear Babylon, 2019, 16mm and HD video, colour, 21 min. Production still: Daragh Soden
A screening of London-based artist-filmmaker Ayo Akingbade’s social housing trilogy No News Today, including the premiere of Dear Babylon (2019).
Dear Babylon completes Akingbade’s loose trilogy of films looking at the changes in social housing in London. Set in London's East End and combining newly recorded and archival footage, the film’s narrative centres on a trio of art students eager to raise awareness about their neighbourhood, especially the lives of the tenants and people who work on their estate. Combining fact and fiction, the film captures the lives of individuals facing dramatic social change.
Dear Babylon screens alongside Street 66 (2018), Akingbade’s profile of the late Dora Boatemah, a Ghanaian housing activist from South London, and the first film in the trilogy, Tower XYZ (2016).
Ayo Akingbade is an artist and film director based in London. Her film Tower XYZ (2016) received a Special Mention Award at International Short Film Festival Oberhausen and won the inaugural Sonja Savic Award at Alternative Film/Video Festival, Belgrade. She is a recipient of the Sundance Ignite Fellowship (2018) and exhibited in New Contemporaries (2018). Akingbade is a graduate of London College of Communication and is currently studying at Royal Academy Schools.
Tower XYZ, 2016, 16mm transferred to HD file, colour, sound, 3 min.
Street 66, 2018, 16mm and HD video, colour, sound, 13 min.
Dear Babylon, 2019, 16mm and HD video, colour, sound, 21 min.
Wed, 14 Aug 2019
£7 Full, £5 Green/Concs, £3 Blue Members
This screening is followed by a conversation with Akingbade hosted by artist, writer and researcher Leyla Pillai.
All films are ad-free and 18+ unless otherwise stated.
Groups are advised to arrive early as seating is unallocated.
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