I ? Hackney

Barbican’s Ram place Market, Hackney Central, London UK

I ? Hackney is an installation that is set up by Foxtrot Collective during the RAM Place Market, a celebration of emerging fashion designers and a foretaste of the future Hackney Fashion Hub. It invites local residents and visitors to observe, question and debate about ongoing local urban transformations in consequence of Hackney’s regeneration projects.

RAM Place Market is also a Barbican outdoor event linked to an indoor exhibition about Jean-Paul Gaultier (The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, Barbican, 9 April 2014 – 25 August 2014), a pioneer designer known for getting his inspiration from London Street fashion. Jean-Paul Gaultier revolutionized Haute Couture by celebrating and revealing London uncatchable trends.

Is it possible to maintain, sustain and improve an area without bleaching, cleaning, and washing away its specificities?

A series of photomontage will play with the reality of our local urban environment and people’s everyday life. Gucci King Kebab series is questioning how the project can impact this reality and what can result from these interactions. In a Jean-Paul’s sidewalk to catwalk approach, will local authorities and inhabitants manage to define and valorize local assets?
What is unique in Hackney? How can it drive its development and people?