procession
recreating an old East End funeral procession

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In keeping with working-class East End funeral tradition, a donkey lead a public procession followed by the local singer Olivia Chaney, from the estate to new apartment development.

Olivia performed Gus Elen's cockney classic, ‘If It Wasn’t For The ‘Ouses In Between’ followed by a sculptural scaffolding casket carried aloft by pallbearers and a congregation of residents and wider public, filmed as part of Estate.

Scaffolding has become a symbol of regeneration initiatives in East London, a temporary platform from which to repair or erect a building, but was traditionally a decorated framework supporting the coffin of a distinguished person. The sculpture embodies this image of progress and loss, lifted and moved to unfix and question these processes.

With grateful thanks to Hackney City Farm.
Image credit: Briony Campbell and Dilek Ozcan.
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