A yearly adventure on Chatsworth Road, E5, where in true advent calendar style a new addition is discovered every day.
This year contributions will reflect on who (or what) is getting us through the Corona crisis? Where are the rays of light this Advent?
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Thanks to Rob for kicking Advent off this year. Can you find it on Chatsworth Road?
Here's what he says about it..
piece finds its inspiration from the biblical story of three very
wise men who went on a journey by reading the stars to find baby
Jesus who was born in uncertain times. The Jewish population at the
time found themselves living under occupation by the Roman Empire
where the occupiers called the shots while those who were occupied
had little or no say. With this reality the wise men found themselves
in, there would be social, economical, political and religious
implications as a result. The wise men searched for the baby Jesus
with their hopes and dreams that another world is possible.
on this story, I started to think about what if Jesus was born in
Hackney as we find ourselves living in a rapidly changing borough.
While the changes has brought some improvements where we live, not
everyone is benefiting from it. Issues such as poverty is still a
huge problem as over 40% of school children live in poverty even
though we are no longer considered to be one of the most deprived
boroughs in the country. Many folks are finding that they can no
longer afford to eat, live and socialise in our area and they are
feeling squeezed out in our own neighbourhood. As a result there are
social, economical and political implications that comes with a
rapidly changing neighbourhood. This sets the scene for this piece of
piece shows three individuals of varying age and backgrounds
journeying through Hackney by following a map with their hopes and
dreams looking for the answer(s) to their questions that might
sky is a map painted blue with an area shaped as a star unpainted
(alluding to how often times maps have stars on them to signify a
place). Painted green, the scenes are from Hackney, representing
ordinary people and every day life (as opposed to institutional
buildings such as the Hackney Town Hall) such as the Pembury Estate,
Ridley Road Market and the Hackney Peace Mural in Dalston. The three
people at the bottom were left untreated to bring them into focus,
especially their body language. Looking at these three figures, we
are invited to reflect on what their hopes and dreams might be and
what the answer to their question(s) might be.
We like bringing stars to Chatsworth Road during Advent. We've done it for 5 years running now.
And we have a new Advent Adventure for Chatsworth Road for 2015.
With the generosity and help of a number of shops (erm, 25 actually) we will be bringing you one chocolate-free neighbourhood Advent Calendar. You can't get sneak previews. You have to wait for one to be opened each day. The 'pictures' in the calendar will be unwrapped one at a time. And here, in due course, you can see them all, and read about what the maker was reflecting on during the planning and making phase.
For some of us the star speaks of hope, of light, of love. We like the fact that this symbol can be embraced by those of all faiths, and those who don't profess faith. This year we were also wondering whether we could imagine stars of peace... stars which say 'no more violence'. We hate to see our people, our neighbours, our streets bleed. Peace needs much more than pretty pictures in an Advent Calendar. But maybe it's somewhere to start.