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Exhibition showcases lives of Hackney residents

29 June 2016
Thaslima, who has lived in Homerton for 15 years

Residents of Sanctuary Housing’s largest estate in Hackney have been immortalised thanks to a new photographic portrait exhibition at the Kingsmead Community Centre.

Innercity Films has been photographing Homerton residents for its Homerton Stories exhibition, which showcases the diverse and vibrant cultures of people living in the area and aims to change the way people perceive it.

The exhibition, produced with Hackney Marsh Partnership, is open to the public at Sanctuary’s Kingsmead Community Centre, on 9b Kingsmead Way, from 9am to 2.30pm every Tuesday and Wednesday.

Twins Soma and Lava, who have lived in the area for five years with their mother, Joanna

Project organiser Donna Travis, of Innercity Films, said: “Homerton itself has had a negative press image in the past and this exhibition seeks to challenge that by showing the rich tapestry of life that makes up the area.”

Sophie Lejeune-Peggie, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, said: “This is a fantastic example of a community-led project we look to support which addresses the needs of our customers.

“We’re therefore delighted to be able to host this event at our Kingsmead Community Centre and help Innercity Films and people in Homerton transform its public image.”

Resident John, 75, moved to the estate in 1973

Homerton Stories is funded by East End Community Foundation and the Inspiring Communities Fund.

The exhibition, which takes place at Kingsmead Community Centre on 9b Kingsmead Way, runs for a year, closing in May 2017.