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From 26 November, Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery will present a new exhibition, Who Are We? Navigating Race, Class and the City, which offers insights into hundreds of young people’s experiences of race, identity and inequality in society today.

Curated and created by Bollo Studios (the creative arm of Bollo Brook Youth centre in South Acton), together with artists and local partners over a three-year period, it includes film, sculpture, fashion, painting and audio.

Pitzhanger describes the planned exhibition as ‘radical’ and says it will offer insights into hundreds of young people’s experiences of race, identity and inequality in society today.

It says, “Who Are We? is a wide-ranging exploration of the complex and challenging realities that this group of predominantly black and minority ethnic young people face as they carve out their place in the world, interrogating our social conditioning and understanding of race, class and the city.”

Artworks on display include a new film, Bando, which explores the perceived lack of choice faced by marginalised young people; a mosaic work illustrating disappearing landmarks of Acton as it undergoes regeneration; photographic portraits which examine how young people feel they are seen by others; and an audio installation giving voice to experiences of race and racism.

The exhibition extends into Pitzhanger Manor, including a listening and reflection space in John Soane’s original library where visitors can explore further content including podcasts, audio and further reading.

Pitzhanger members and under-25s can visit for free on Wednesdays and Thursdays 5-7pm and Sundays 10am-12.30pm. Tickets can be booked online.

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November 18, 2021

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