Grenfell Glory BY MERLE SILD


Man is still a victim of his environment, everyone is. The urban living has placed us in a new situation for which there is not much to follow in historical examples. Cheap residential areas and unmaintained council houses always encourage slums. The house we were born in is physically inscribed in us and  we do always expect home will stay the same-the street where it all happened…

Nothing else does. 

“The world just is, and in it, things find their place. (Trigg, 2012 p.15)” 

“ Why is there something here when there should be nothing? Why is there nothing here when there should be something (Fisher 2016, p.12)?”    

“There’s always more going on when we look at these structures and places than simply a prurient interest,” says Tate curator Brian Dillon.  “There’s a real mixture of emotions that includes horror, nostalgia, regret – but also a kind of thrill, a sort of sublime excitement. A lot of artists have responded to this, thinking about ruins not only as things to be poured over in a slightly disreputable way (Dillon, 2014). We have an inexplicable need to observe the early end of the future with our own eyes, the will to witness the twists and turns of history, we are addicted to abandoned, neglected places. At the same time, the ruins carry both historical and temporary contradictions.

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