With the Stephen Lawrence Trust
As part of the London Festival of Architecture, we hosted a Rooftop Cinema under the theme of identity in collaboration with the Stephen Lawrence Trust. We sat back in deckchairs, snacked on popcorn and sipped on rum & ginger to be taken on a cultural journey through the eyes of Stuart Hall.
2018 is an important year for our nation to re-affirm its multicultural identity. It will be 70 years since the Windrush brought thousands of immigrant Caribbean’s to our shores, it will be 25 years since Stephen Lawrence was murdered, 2018 will also see the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting here in London. In recognition of these two momentous and not unrelated events HTA decided to host an event, in our new office in Aldgate East (itself the home of many immigrant populations over the years) celebrating the positive contribution of these immigrant populations on the identity of people and place.
We chose to screen The Stuart Hall Project (John Akomfrah, 2013), this documentary focuses on the life and works of cultural theorist Stuart Hall who emigrated from Jamaica to the UK in 1951 to study at Oxford University. Director John Akomfrah pairs archive footage with a Miles Davis soundtrack; enabling Hall to act as a narrator guiding audiences through the many political, social, and cultural changes which took place throughout the 20th century. Hall is celebrated as a founding figure of British Cultural Studies, with much of his work focusing on defining cultural identity.