Robin Hood Gardens Portraits

by the gentle author

Over the last two years, local resident and photographer Kois Miah visited families in the soon-to-be-demolished Robin Hood Gardens and took these portraits, capturing the dignity of their existence in an estate condemned by many as a brutalist eyesore. “Whatever they think, there’s a huge sense of community here,” Kois admitted to me.

An exhibition of Kois Miah’s pictures entitled LIVED BRUTALISM: PORTRAITS AT ROBIN HOOD GARDENS opens next Tuesday 3rd October and runs until 21st October at St Matthias Community Centre (Old Church), Poplar High St, E14 0AE.

Moyna Miah and his grandchildren, 9th April 2015

Moyna Miah and his grandchildren, 9th April 2015

Del and Gaby, 13th September 2014

Del and Gaby, 13th September 2014

Samir Uddin and his children, 13th September 2015

Samir Uddin and his children, 13th September 2015

Evening Rain, West Building, 1st September 2015

Evening Rain, West Building, 1st September 2015

Taurus Miah, 9th April 2015

Taurus Miah, 9th April 2015

East Building, 24th June 2015

East Building, 24th June 2015

Summer fun day, 19th August 2014

Summer fun day, 19th August 2014

Pat, 13th September 2015

Pat, 13th September 2015

Adrienne Sargent, 15th August 2016

Adrienne Sargent, 15th August 2016

Poplar High St, 31st March 2015

Poplar High St, 31st March 2015

Jim, Caretaker, 23rd July 2014

Jim, Caretaker, 23rd July 2014

West face of east building, 28th May 2016

West face of east building, 28th May 2016

Joanne, 28th May 2016

Joanne, 28th May 2016

Mr & Mrs Hoque, 13th September 2015

Mr & Mrs Hoque, 13th September 2015

On the balcony of the east building, 15th November 2015

On the balcony of the east building, 15th November 2015

Photographs copyright © Kois Miah

LIVED BRUTALISM: PORTRAITS AT ROBIN HOOD GARDENS, 3rd- 21st October, St Matthias Community Centre (Old Church), Poplar High St, E14 0AE

words by the gentle author


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