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Divorce

George Barber
1981
8 mins Colour video

Divorce

Divorce came about as a reaction to the miles and miles of boarded up housing that existed in Hackney and Bethnal Green in the late 70's and early 80's.

Barber lived in a squat in Sewardstone Road overlooking Victoria Park. The film plays and explores the sense in which empty houses carry on projecting their stories and histories, and gives vent to the strong sadness anybody feels walking around a perfectly good house that has been allowed to rot. Above and beyond this, the film deals with the notion that in one particular derelict house a divorced man and a young couple are living together but in different time periods. The film is about ideas of memory and how people live on even though the building seems abandoned.

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