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Postcards From Aldgate East

By Silvia Baretta Last edited 22 months ago
Postcards From Aldgate East
Altab Ali, Park Peter Lanes
Altab Ali, Park Peter Lanes
Stavarha Wilson, Whitechapel Bell Foundry
Stavarha Wilson, Whitechapel Bell Foundry
Stavarh Wilson, East London Mosque
Stavarh Wilson, East London Mosque
Stavarha Wilson, St George's German Lutheran Church
Stavarha Wilson, St George's German Lutheran Church
Stavarha Wilson, Petticoat Lane Street Market
Stavarha Wilson, Petticoat Lane Street Market
Bill Wright, Petticoat Lane Textile Shops
Bill Wright, Petticoat Lane Textile Shops
Alan Drew, Sandys Row Synagogue
Alan Drew, Sandys Row Synagogue
Turan Miah,  Jewish Soup Kitchen, Brune Street
Turan Miah, Jewish Soup Kitchen, Brune Street
Phot by Christine Hall
Phot by Christine Hall

A unique photographic project celebrates the 100th anniversary of Ben Uri, a historical art society born in Gradel’s Restaurant in Aldgate East back in 1915 when a group of Jewish artists got together.

Postcards from Aldgate East is the name of the exhibition, the result of a community project carried out by a group of East End residents who wanted to document the life of their neighbourhood. Back in May and June this year, they ventured out on a series of photographic walks and captured street life, architecture and local cultural landmarks.

These amateur pictures give an especially keen insight into the multiculturalism of the East End, while the interiors of both the German Lutheran Church and the Synagogue show the religions practised in the area. Coloured textiles on sale at Petticoat Lane Market remind us of the diverse fashion and ethnic clothing worn by foreign communities living in the area.

Postcards from Aldgate East is on from 1-31 July at Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, Bethnal Green, E2 6HG. Entry to the exhibition is free. This July, Ben Uri Gallery is also hosting its centenary exhibition Out of Chaos — Ben Uri: 100 Years in London at Somerset House.

For more exhibitions to see this month, see our top openings for July.

Last Updated 01 July 2015