This Thursday, Now Gallery at Greenwich Peninsula opens Intimate Spaces, an exhibition inspired by photographer George Plemper’s Riverside School series which captured the working-class life in Thamesmead from 1976 — 1979. Originally imagined as a futuristic utopia on sea, Thamesmead was built at the end of the ‘60s by the Greater London Council to provide housing for families moving from increasingly crowded Victorian houses in south east London.
Intimate Spaces will bring together George Plemper’s images with new work from Cian Oba-Smith, Ingrid Rasmussen, Carlos Jiménez and It’s Nice That favourite Nina Minanandhar. Over three months, the four photographers documented the places and people that make up Eltham, Greenwich Peninsula, Thamesmead and Woolwich Arsenal.
London-born Irish Nigerian photographer Cian Oba-Smith explored Woolwich to capture the family bonds within the community. Ingrid Rasmussen visited the village of Eltham, where housing estates meet medieval structures. Spanish photographer and filmmaker Carlos Jiménez travelled to developing community Greenwich Peninsula, where he became particularly interested in the area’s intimate interior spaces. Photographer and archivist Nina Manandhar documented Thamesmead, where she captured the vibrancy of the area’s long people set against a Brutalist backdrop.
Visitors to Intimate Spaces will be able to explore and interact with the neighbourhoods themselves via VR headsets offering 3D visualisations.
Intimate Spaces is on until 23 October 2016.