The Guardians of Robin Hood

34 images Created 31 May 2013

Robin Hood Guardians, is a series of portraits and still life images exploring an alternative and economic way of living, and delves into the lives of 10 property guardians in London, looking at them, their dwellings, and the charity work they do as part of their tenancy agreement.


Last year, during a birthday party I met Mel who had just moved back to London and, he became a property guardian and dedicates 5 hr a week to charitable work as part of his tenant agreement.
I got intrigued about his way of living and the charity aspect of it. I thought that it could have been a great topic to explore considering that, in the middle of the biggest financial crisis we have faced for a long time, the financial pressures are greater and greater.

This project focuses on the guardians of Robin Hood Estate in Poplar, London (a great example of Brutalism due to be demolished in less than two years), drawing the attention on both the housing problem of contemporary society and possible solution to overcome it. Ten guardians are depicted in the flat they ‘recreated’, during their daily life along with details of interiors and moments of their charity work which I visually approached in a joyful way to underline their genuine commitment to it. The project also includes a set interview with answers and an introduction by writer Nausikaa Angelotti. For submission purposes, only a selection has been submitted.

Robin Hood Guardians gently questions this rather alternative way of living:
Are guardian schemes a successful way to make use of empty buildings? Could the volunteering aspect be a way to foster a new respect towards the community, and a new way to make use of people’s time and efforts in exchange for something many take for granted?
Or is it just ‘legal squatting’ to those who feel they no longer have faith in the system and want to promote another way of living? Surely this isn’t the answer for everyone in housing turmoil, but it does provide an alternative, all be it short lived, answer to the problem.
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