Ewen Spencer

Kick Over The Statues

1 October - 27 November 2016

Ewen Spencer’s celebrated and spontaneous images of youth and music culture in his native UK and around the world, have kept him in demand with style magazines, global brands and the music industry for more than 20 years. His acclaimed zines and books have led to two Channel 4 documentary series.


In this newly commissioned project, Kick over the statues, the artist’s intention is to re-highlight the existence of youth tribes and style. During summer 2016, he has photographed young Londoners along the route of the 2016 Notting Hill Carnival, who communicate their identity and place in the world through the language of clothing and personal styling, drawing on a rich global and constantly evolving cultural history.

"I think the area is due a revisit. Every year, over one million people descend on west London to celebrate the plurality of the city, and in turn the nation. It’s an incredible event that denotes the history of style and youth culture as a setting. If you consider this area of West London as a timeline, it has generated a lot of key moments within popular culture stretching back to Colin McInnes; Absolute Beginners, bohemian squats, jazz and the beginnings of the Modernist movement in the late 1950s." - Ewan Spencer

The gallery installation recreates the way in which photography is often encountered in a modern city with large format images posted onto custom-built billboards. Projected images from Ewen Spencer’s extensive personal archive, including film clips, book covers and records, display his influences over the years.

A Fabrica and Photoworks co-commission. Co-financed by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, as part of a larger partnership project, Understanding Territoriality, for which there is a blog with more information.