Kick over the statues

“It never stops, subculture, it just always keeps happening… keeps revolving”.

Kick over the statues

Ewen Spencer’s celebrated and spontaneous images of youth and music culture in his native UK and around the world, have kept him in demand with style magazines, global brands and the music industry for more than 20 years. His acclaimed zines and books have led to two Channel 4 documentary series.

In this newly commissioned project, Kick over the statues, the artist’s intention is to re-highlight the existence of youth tribes and style. During summer 2016, he has photographed young Londoners along the route of the 2016 Notting Hill Carnival.

The gallery installation recreates the way in which photography is often encountered in a modern city with large format images posted onto custom-built billboards. Projected images from Ewen Spencer’s extensive personal archive, including film clips, book covers and records, display his influences over the years.

A Fabrica and Photoworks co-commission. Co-financed by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

Total Visitor Numbers: 10,455

Exhibition Visitor Comments

Vibrant, inviting and unflinching!

Wow. So immersive.

Interesting images and construction. Questions about place, identity and diversity.

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Photographs by Tom Thistlethwaite