Empathy Museum are partnering with Theatre Peckham and Sceaux Garden Estate Tenants and Residents Association to present From Where I’m Standing, a new photography and audio installation telling diverse stories from people around the UK as a record of life in 2020.
Following the project’s launch exhibition in December 2020 in Brixton, the photographs will now be displayed alongside QR codes to access the audio interviews across the Sceaux Garden Estate in Peckham.
The photographs will be installed on ‘for sale’ signs across the estate. There are then plans for further street installations around the UK.
Presented in collaboration with the NHS and The Health Foundation, From Where I’m Standing is made up of 34 portraits, each accompanied by an audio story and a photograph of an object that reflects the time period for the individual. Spanning the length of the country from Truro to Harrogate, the stories include nurses and doctors, an Imam working in the Nightingale, an undertaker, a Rapper, the Director of Longterm Planning for the NHS, checkout staff and a care home entertainer who secured the job to see her dad.
Intended to create a museum archive of the period – recording in real time what will become a key historical period of the 21st century, it looks at what the pandemic has to teach us about empathy as well as exploring resilience, wellbeing, interdependence and what sustains us during challenging times.
The project has four strands shot by four award-winning photographers: ten stories from frontline health, social care and public health professionals, collected in collaboration with NHS England and the Health Foundation shot by Myah Jeffers; ten from nursing and midwifery shot by Lottie Davies; seven exploring diversity of experience in lockdown such as new parents and students by Tim Mitchell; seven celebrating local heroes nominated by their community including stories from a great neighbour, a laundrette owner and the leader of the house gospel choir by Amit Lennon.
From Thursday 1st July – Wednesday 18th August. The Installation is also available to view online at https://fromwhereiamstanding.empathymuseum.com/