One of the worst things about lazy travel writing is its tendency to textually airbrush cities, removing all nuance to create unrealistic, unrecognisable portraits of places. Thankfully Shit London is the ultimate corrective to this kind of oversimplification, not just acknowledging the city’s grimier, crueller and less desirable bits but positively celebrating them.
A new show opened last night at London’s KK Outlet brings together some of the best of the Shit London blog from grim locales and fear-mongering headlines to angry and misspelled signs and it’s a perfect antidote to the season of goodwill to all men. “There are so many unintenionally amusing things around the city if you just choose to notice them,” says founder Patrick Dalton and every year he gives out awards for some of the best/worst images submitted.
And what’s especially nice is that the whole thing doesn’t take itself too seriously, with the curators admitting you can either take Shit London as “vernacular photography in its purest form…a form of social commentary” or “a bit of a laugh.”
Shit London runs until December 22.
- Steph Wilson, DR. ME, Women Who and Benedict Redgrove at Nicer Tuesdays August
- Artist Emily Mae Smith’s pop motifs and witty compositions
- Meet the prop-maker building imaginary boyfriends
- Graphic designer Biba Košmerl takes on organised disorder and what it means to be a true modernist
- Bjenny Montero, an underground hero of melancholic comics
- Animator Hoji Tsuchiya's patchwork video for Japanese singer Uri Nakayama
- Sagmeister & Walsh rebrands fashion label Milly to reflect its "edgy" new personality
- Dominic Wilcox designs art exhibition for dogs (plus exclusive artist sketches)
- Jaemin Lee’s gloriously retro exhibition identities and poster designs
- James Jean’s phantasmagorical world of technicolour fever dreams
- The Refugee Nation Olympic flag was inspired by a lifejacket
- Things: the inspiring post that got us through the long hot summer nights of August