Those ‘cunning folk’ max+noa (formerly known as Sheaf+Barley) have been in residence with LADA since late 2017 responding to our relocation to our new home and helping us settle in to our new neighbourhood in Bethnal Green.
They have developed a project that looks at LADA’s history through the plants that have grown in and around its former homes. On the evening of 10 May 2018 max+noa held an event about their journey through both LADA’s history and the East End of London and invited everyone who has some kind of history with LADA to donate their own plants to be part of a collective planting – and remembering – and laying down of roots at The Garrett Centre.
The invitation to donate a plant to LADA is still open. Please come by LADA anytime (opening hours Mon – Fri: 10.30am – 6pm) with your plant donations, or post them.
“A weed is an invention of cultivated and urbanised space, a plant in the wrong place, a disrupter and an invader to what is already there. Weeds can be useful challenges to hegemony or can run wild and establish their own dominance, like nettles that can be picked for food or like knotweed smothering all other living stuff. LADA has been growing in-between the cracks for almost twenty years and a lot has changed since 1998.
Where is LADA at now? Who is LADA made up of and who have they affected? How can LADA continue to help create spaces that are useful and challenging while also subverting the invasion and overrunning of urban and social space through the gentrification which it arguably has been made an unwilling party to? The history of LADA and its movement through the city is a small reflection of the city itself, and both these things are made and maintained by the people who inhabit it.
This planting is a commitment to the future, to caring for those who inhabit LADA’s space, to growth and renewal.
The work is a sort of pilgrimage to LADA and an elegy to the changing face of East London, and the complex and sometimes difficult interrelation that exists between the two, a hopeful challenge and a way to reconsider the past and present.” max+noa
LADA has also commissioned max+noa to develop a collaborative project, The Mansford Window, creating a stained glass window in collaboration with local folks for our new home at The Garrett Centre. Details of this commission will be announced shortly.
Banner image credit:max+noa, Credit Christa Holka
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