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Multiple Lenses: Upcoming Exhibitions/Events

by Andrew Wade

In the spirit of sharing urban perceptions from multiple lenses, this post calls attention to three different channels of visual expression in London - Urban Africa, En Construcción, and Where Three Dreams Cross. Each of these exhibitions/events offers a unique viewpoint on the urban environment and urban development through film and photography.

Urban Africa, on display at the Design Museum from March 31 - September 05, 2010 showcases architect David Adjaye's inquiries into the urbanism of multiple African cities. This offers the lens of a young and prominent architect, born in Dar es Salaam and raised in London. En Construcción, an award-winning film showing at the Architecture Foundation on March 29, relates the conflictive elements in the redevelopment of a site in Barcelona. Through the lens of director José Luis Guerin, the film offers the human stories that weave into urban redevelopment. Finally, Where Three Dreams Cross: 150 Years of Photography from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, is on view at the Whitechapel Gallery from January 21 - April 11, 2010. The exhibit offers the multiple lenses of photographers from the countries profiled, and assembles their work through the decades of the twentieth century into five urban themes.

Credits: Images from Whitechapel Gallery.