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Clays Lane Live Archive

Adelita Husni-Bey
Exhibition: August 15th - 19th, 2012
Events Progamme at Bethnal Green Library: August 10th - 16th, 2012

Opening Reception: Tuesday14th August, 6 - 9 pm
The exhibition is open daily 12 - 6 pm until Sunday 19th,

Off-site Events Programme: (Full schedule and booking below)
Bethnal Green Library 11th-19th August

The Clays Lane Live Archive exhibition and event series at Supplement and the Bethnal Green Library marks the culmination of a four-year long research project by Adelita Husni-Bey, with invited curation by Shama Khanna. Working with ex-residents the live archive maps the history of the Clays Lane housing co-operative, its founding in 1982 and its demolition in 2007 ahead of the regeneration work planned for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The exhibition is a timely platform for the presentation of materials collected by the former-residents of Clays Lane and Husni-Bey from before and after the eviction process began. The exhibition highlights the disparity between the lives of housing co-op’s residents compared to the weight of power and accompanying rhetoric of ‘faster, stronger, higher’ which arrived in Newham in the form of the Olympic juggernaut. Recalling TS Elliot’s poetry, the language used by the Olympic Development Authority speaks of the site of the Clays Lane estate as ‘a wasteland’ ripe for investment and development. This ideologically undemocratic attitude sets up a hierarchy between the indiscriminate power of capital, and the contributions of a community defined, at best, as invisible.

The exhibition will feature material from the collections of former-residents including; zines and ephemera donated by the band Dead Dog Mountain formed by residents of the co-op in the late 1980s, John Sole’s technical drawings of the Estate made by counting the bricks along each side of the co-op buildings; Julian Cheyne’s minute documentation of the members’ collective challenge to the compulsory purchase order registered in 2007, alongside other ‘Clayslaners’’ personal testimonies filmed by Theo Berton, and a play conceived and acted by Dexter Hanoomansingh (performances will take place at Bethnal Green Library between 11th & 16th August). Seen together as part of the Clays Lane Live Archive these examples constitute acts of resistance which still have relevance as the claims of the Games’ Legacy await to be proven.

Off-site Events Programme:
Bethnal Green Library 11th-19th August

On the occasion of the Clays Lane Live Archive exhibition at Supplement (opening 14 August 7-9pm) the following events will take place at Bethnal Green Library (unless otherwise stated) between 10 - 16 August.

All events are free but booking is essential as space is limited, Please RSVP to rsvp@supplementgallery.co.uk specifying which event(s) you wish to attend in the body of your email.

Friday 10th August, 11.00-14.00
Artist-led workshop: Re-imagining the Olympic Myth

Ernest collective will hold a workshop on the first floor of Bethnal Green Library: 'Mythology is ambivalent and unavoidable. It is also unavoidably a collective practice. Ernest want to use the possibilities of collective working and dialogue to assemble new myths, or to divert old ones, from the fragments and ruins that fringe the stately pleasure domes of damp Olympian daydreams. A practical series of selections, exchanges and interactions with assembled texts and images will be used for the dialogical and collective production of new myths.'

Saturday 11th August, 15.00-16.30
Public Space: Words in Contention

A round table discussion with guest speakers including: Anna Minton (author of ‘Ground Control’); Janna Graham (Projects Curator, Serpentine Gallery) and Isaac Marrero-Guillamon (editor of ‘The Art of Dissent’). Dictionary definitions of the cardinal concepts relating to the public realm and regeneration, as well words with specific relevance to the participants' research will be discussed and connections literally drawn across the table with chalk.

Sunday 12th August, 14.30-16.30
Walking is not an Olympic Sport. A poem walk: stories/ voices/ histories in Hackney Wick

Jude Rosen (poet and urban researcher) co-leads a walk with Francesca Weber-Newth (sociologist) through an Olympic borderland. 14.00-16.30 Meet at Hackney Wick Overground station (bottom of the ramp) at 14.00; includes a pit stop.

Monday 13 August, 17.00-18.00 | Tuesday 14 August, 17.00-18.00 | Thursday 16 August, 15:30 - 16:30 | Thursday 16 August, 19:00 - 20:00
18 Years: a theatrical tribute to Clays Lane

A performance conceived by Adelita Husni Bey and Dexter Hoonamansingh. Dexter lived at Clays Lane Housing Co-operative for 18 years and acts as himself in this production; yet this theatrical tribute is more than a collection of memories adapted to the stage, it is an in-depth analysis of what constitutes a housing co-operative and how it’s principles are rooted in a reality far removed from what has come to replace Clays Lane in 2012. (Following the Tuesday performance invitation to attend Supplement’s Clays Lane Live Archive exhibition opening, a short walk from BGL)

Thursday 16th August, 17.00 - 18.45
17.00 - 18.45 Panel discussion

Panel Discussion and screening about Clays Lane and the co-operative movement. John Hands (author and co-founder of Clays Lane housing co-operative) meets Julian Cheyne and Mike Wells (both ex-residents of the co-operative and journalists for gamesmonitor.org) to discuss Clays Lane and the significance of the mutual co-operative movement today.
Plus two performances of 18 Years: a theatrical tribute to Clays Lane (see times as above)

All events are free but booking is essential as space is limited, please RSVP to rsvp@supplementgallery.co.uk specifying which event(s) you wish to attend in the body of your email.


Adelita Husni-Bey (1985) is an artist and researcher. After studying Fine Art at Chelsea school of Arts & Design, she obtained an MA in Sociology & Urban Cultures at Goldsmiths University. Her current research involves autonomy, Micro-utopias, pirate-utopias, the 'Land Issue', collective memory (the production of), dissent and control, anarchist pedagogy and free-schools. Recent exhibitions and awards include: TRACK- A Contemporary City Conversation, S.M.A.K museum, curated by Mirjam Varadinis and Philippe Van Cauteren, Ghent, Right to Refusal curated by Eva Kraus and Doreen Mende, Magazin4/ Kunstverein Bregenz, Bregenz, A Holiday from Rules by Vincenzo De Bellis, MACRO Museum, Rome. Awards and grants include: British Council Grant for Artists Abroad, Ratti Foundation Residency with Hans Haacke, 2012 Young Collector Prize/ MAXXI Museum acquisition, Rome, Independent Study Program (ISP), Whitney Museum, New York.

Shama Khanna (born 1981, Nairobi) is a curator and writer based in London. She is the curator of the thematic programme at Oberhausen Film Festival 2013. Over the course of her career she has presented projects at Showroom, E:vent gallery, Tate and Lux/ ICA Biennial of Moving Image in London, Spike Island in Bristol, Iaspis in Umeå, Kunstverein Muenchen and with e-flux, Performa and P. S. 1 in New York City. She writes for Frieze and Mousse magazines as well as numerous independent publications. She teaches at Chelsea College, University of the Arts London and is a participant on the 2012/ 2013 Curatorlab at Konstfack, Stockholm.