DV, 61 min, 2015
27 February – 18 April 2015
Preview Friday 27 February 2015, 6pm
K&S Indoor Market
135a Rye Lane
Bare Life & Biopolitics in Kennington Park documents the lives of an invisible underclass of refugees and illegal migrants living a clandestine hand to mouth existence in an urban park.
Kennington Park was an ancient common boarded by the river Effra, a natural gathering place on the intersection of three major arterial roads. In 1848 the common hosted a mass Chartist meeting, the first British national working class movement, and shortly after this in 1852 the common was enclosed and sponsored by the royal parks.
Stephen Hall shot the film over five years and spent this time getting to know the park and people who frequent it, these filmed interview and stories are interwoven with sound bytes from the gardeners radio connecting them to the mainstream media coverage of related topics such as immigaration, multicuturalism and the controversial stop and search bill.
Stephen Hall creates his own iconography combining observational, devised and participatory elements with a gritty zero-budget aesthetic in this moving and powerful documentary. Recent commissions include Fourth Plinth Munich part of A Space Called Public Curated by Elmgreen & Dragset City of Munich 2013. County Street Urban Garden, Cul De Sac London & Arts Council England 2012