If you dont want it to happen its probably best not to post about it on Brixton Buzz...Its partly all this hot air talk that makes these things happen
I was as about to say at least 5TBF, its been there for a decade at least
yes, Peckham is lovely. apart from the grinding poverty n shit that many of the resident live with. Do these people have the abilty to see beyond their ironic specs and grizzly adams beards ?
Jesus"Descend to the car park's ground level, however, and the scene is altogether less serene. Balls of hair, offcuts from the local barbershops, waft along the pavement. Irate women shout on their phones. Music blasts out from stores bearing overripe fruit and vegetables of indeterminate origin. Halal butchers wheel chicken carcasses around in shopping trolleys. Welcome to Rye Lane, Peckham.
Under the railway arches of the nearby station, avant-garde gallery Arcadia Missa sits inconspicuously next to a car mechanic's workshop. Its 27-year-old founder, Rózsa Farkas, is putting the art world to rights over paper-cup gin and tonics. She's just landed from Venice, at the Biennale. "It was awful. I don't know why they would put Sarah Lucas in the British Pavilion, it was so outdated, irrelevant…" she says, shaking out her blunt bob - newly chopped by an artist-slash-hairstylist friend, whose salon sits beyond crates of yams in a Rye Lane arcade. "It was embarrassing," she adds, a countercultural outlook that echoes throughout this corner of the art world."
yes. fuckin' vogue.
1) is always a lie, and 2) always elides the culturally-rich characters who already lived there. I went to warehouse parties in Peckham in '89/90/91 that were awash with locals doing their own Arts thangs - everything from live music to performance art to painting and sculpture, and the estates were alive with music. As always, all that rich bottom-up (and inevitably working class and/or "not quite middle class enough) culture gets washed away by the rush to commodify and marketise stuff into a top-down "you must like this to be hip" slew of bullshit 2nd-hand tat.a guide to writing this kind of article
1) set the background as the locale being shit, poor and a culture free zone
2) introduce the rich entitled charachters who have moved there in the past few years and detail how edgy, mould smashing , great and well comnected they are
3) describe the areas as " the next *********" )
I think "playground for the rich" elides a big part of the reality, which is that the poor (and increasingly those elements of the middle class whose livelihoods depend on being in London or nearby) are being residualised into what are effectively smaller and smaller "reservations" in some boroughs - not all yet, but getting there - with all the concomitant social pressures that brings.I used to always think that one day, I'd move back to London when I was ready. Now I've pretty much given up on that dream, I loved it as a city but it's just turning into a playground for the rich.