Social Life, Regeneration and Latin Americans in Elephant and Castle

Sin Fronteras & Ingrid Guyon

06 Nov 2016
The Tutor:
Young women from the Sin Fronteras project will lead this walk with Ingrid Guyon (Participatory Photographer / Fotosynthesis). Ingrid Guyon is an established participatory photography practitioner specialising in Latin American communities in London since 2004. She has recently worked with Latin Elephant researching and visually documenting the regeneration of the Elephant and Castle in London, focusing on its Latin American community. She is Founding Director of Fotosynthesis, which has been organising educational and photography projects, events and seminars since 2009. Sin Fronteras is a project made by the Latin American Women’s Rights Service (LAWRS). It aims to create an empowering and creative space for Latin American Girls and young women (LAGYW) for personal and social change.
 
The Walk:
In light of the transformations in Elephant and Castle, London disguised as social development and regeneration, only a small part of the Latin American community have had a say in how their crowded but little known hidden spaces (bars, shops, restaurants, social and faith centres and living buildings) will be impacted through the innovative and engaging initiative explored by Latin Elephant. Social memory implies the past, something that remains or is gone but here we propose it is not the case.
This walk is used as an opportunity to understand and assess the rights of the Latin American communities to exist as a community before profit in the area. Participants will be encouraged to explore and discuss these ideas from the young Latin American women’s perspectives. The young women will lead the walk and describe where they experience and enjoy street life, pubs, libraries, open spaces, local markets, and playgrounds as a glimpse of hope to feel safe in London.
The walk offers participants a chance to experience and question how structural redevelopment could be defined as anti-human, as part of a new socially imposed memory of city life that destroys the daily fabric of the Latin American neigbourhood; thus, breaking up a community that hopes to sustain safe and secure livelihoods and maintain its social life albeit living and working in an anti-immigrant climate imposed by architectural change in the city.
 
Participant's requirements:
a camera and suitable outdoor clothing and walking shoes/trainers.
Date
Sunday, 6 November 2016
Time
11:00-13:00
Location
The Ticket Hall – Northern Line Exit next to Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre and bus stop        
Nearest Station
Elephant & Castle Underground
Places
15
Cost
£10 (for concessions see below)
More info
To book
Fotosynthesis and Sin Fronteras will subsidise the participation fee for students, unwaged and members of the Latin American community. If you are eligible, please e-mail Illary Valenzuela Oblitas 
 

 

© Ingrid Guyon, Latin Elephant

© Ingrid Guyon, Latin Elephant

© Ingrid Guyon, Latin Elephant