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Robin Hood Gardens Portraits

October 1, 2016
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

Del and Gaby, 13th September 2014

Samir Uddin and his children, 13th September 2015

Evening Rain, West Building, 1st September 2015

Taurus Miah, 9th April 2015

East Building, 24th June 2015

Summer fun day, 19th August 2014

Pat, 13th September 2015

Adrienne Sargent, 15th August 2016

Poplar High St, 31st March 2015

Jim, Caretaker, 23rd July 2014

West face of east building, 28th May 2016

Joanne, 28th May 2016

Mr & Mrs Hoque, 13th September 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

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  1. October 1, 2016

    Poignant photos of ordinary families living in their homes. Viewing them with the knowledge they will be destroyed at the altar of mammon & not for the common good – they are homes not slums & this is a community, despite all the spin the promoters put on the new development.

  2. October 1, 2016

    An inspiring look at the decent and ordinary lives of people who have a pride in their homes and neighbourhood.

  3. Yvonne permalink
    October 1, 2016

    These buildings are no more brutalist than the towers that will replace them. The people living in these flats have made lovely homes that anyone would be proud of. They love their homes and their neighbourhood. All destroyed because others can make money.

  4. October 1, 2016

    A great study by Kois Miah. Thanks for showing these photographs of yet another place in the East End about to be destroyed.

  5. October 2, 2016

    Excellent portraiture!

  6. Hilary permalink
    October 3, 2016

    I hope for good things for all the community at Robin Hood gardens as they move on.

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