Gentrification is the process of renovating and "improving" a house or district so that it conforms to middle-class, mostly white tastes – usually leading to the displacement of black and brown urban residents.
Siana Bangura, a poet, a writer and a performer, seeks to shine a light on the effects of gentrification and social cleansing in South East London with her short film, Denim.
Up until about ten years ago, South East London’s gentrification was a neatly controlled occurrence: surprisingly fast, but restricted to tightly defined areas.
In a discussion with Creative Nestlings about the short film, Siana said:
"It was a very cathartic process. I had a lot to share and get off my chest, which I’m glad I did.
The entire project is multidisciplinary – I want to show that poetry can live beyond the page and feed into other disciplines."
Through a personal trip down memory lane, Denim unfurls as both a personal tale for her and a wider social commentary.
She travels through Bermondsey, Rotherhithe, Elephant & Castle, Walworth Road, Peckham, Brixton and of course Shoreditch; visiting places like the council estate she grew up in as well as the salons and shops she went to as a teenager.
Watch the short film below: