Future Hackney collective returns with more stories and photographs from Ridley Road

Tuesday, 28 September 2021

As part of the Hackney Windrush Commission Programme, the storytelling collective Future Hackney is back for the second part of its documentary exhibition Ridley Road Stories.

 The group, which focuses on co-authorship and developing young talent, spent three years embedded in the sights and sounds of the historic Ridley Road Market and nearby Gillett Square. The overriding mission was to chronicle and celebrate the area’s African and Caribbean communities.

Today the collective is back with Ridley Road Stories Part 2, which sees large-scale images pinned to the underside of Hackney Central bridge on Mare Street, freely available to the public.

Future Hackney’s Don Travis and Wayne Crichlow said: “Working at the intersections of photography and social engagement, we develop relationships with those involved, encourage them to express wider societal experiences such as mental health, exclusion, confinement and being non-binary as it relates to the African and Caribbean experience. In some cases we also guide those involved in taking their own photographs.”

The exhibition is a collaboration with Hackney’s Windrush initiative, commissioned by Create London in collaboration with Hackney Council. Ridley Road Stories Part 2 goes on display today at Hackney Central bridge, Mare Street, E8 1HYand will run for a year.