Finsbury Park, as most of London neighbourhoods is made of contrasts: a working class past, an undefinable population coming from different areas of the world, many colourful characters and some sort of gentrification slowly taking place.
My beloved turkish superstore recently gave way to a Sainsbury branch clearly stating that a more middle class shopping experience is on it’s way. A couple of organic coffee places and a hipster bicycle repair shop appeared close enough to Blackstock Road (the main shopping street) to make me feel that rent prices might get higher pretty soon. At the same time a Turkish Cypriot center appeared in front of my Greek Cypriot hairdresser while a new 99p shop opened next to the train station: old and new contrasts.
Homeland 3 is a tentative neighbourhood description and an exercise in visual exploration. Together with Homeland 2 (and the yet to be produced Homeland 1) it is an investigation of one of the three places that represent my past and, in this case, my present.
Nothing seems to be really linear here, there is no clear steady point. Visually I decided to represent this condition using oblique lines applied to everyday objects and cityscapes together with a contemplative take on the neighbourhood inhabitants.
The project is ongoing.