Outsiders in London - Are you one, too?
Press Release: 22nd February 2015
By Milan Svanderlik
A free, seven-week exhibition, featuring the powerful portraits and deeply moving life stories of 41 extraordinary Londoners. This is Milan Svanderlik’s second major non-commercial exhibition at St Martin’s, in the very heart of London.
Mon 23 March 2015 – Sat 9th May 2015
The Gallery in the Crypt, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJ
(scroll to the bottom of the page for a location map)
Dennis on the London Live programme
Dennis Rose and Gary Areef Barnes are two of the 40 people who took part in the project: they have both felt like outsiders and in many ways they continue to do so. Yet they are insiders too and very much a part of the Stockwell Park Estate community in Brixton. Both their life stories are captivating, moving and inspirational because they offer hope to a younger generation; indeed, they are an inspiration to all of us.
The term ‘outsiders’ often has negative connotations: these are the people who are regarded as ‘them’ incontrast to ‘us’, the arrivals from distant provinces or foreign lands, those not quite belonging, those not exactly fitting in, those not conforming.
Of course, there is another side to this coin: there are those who stand out deliberately, who choose to go against the grain, the ones who challenge established social, cultural or religious norms, who question the policies and orthodoxies broadly accepted by those who are of the mainstream, those ‘on the inside’.
Outsiders in London aims to illustrate how many of us will experience the feeling of being an outsider at some stage in our lives; how some of us are labelled as, or feel ourselves to be, outsiders from the very outset but manage to turn this into an advantage, or just make the best of it; how some of us are crushed by the burden of being ‘on the outside’, while others grapple with it, grow stronger and, in overcoming adversity, quite often make exceptional contributions to society.
This Exhibition reveals something of the lives of 41 such individuals, who perceive (or have perceived) themselves as ‘outsiders’ in one way or another, and to celebrate both that they have survived and what they have achieved. It is also to be hoped that every one of us will recognise in these images, and life stories, some facet of ourselves or of someone close to us.
Milan’s latest exhibition has a strong link to its predecessor, 100 Faces of London, held at The Gallery in the Crypt in 2012, as it too emphasises the extraordinary diversity of London’s population, but this time with a more explicit socio-political slant.
All the portraits and the associated life stories (in full) of the 40+ individuals are already online and can be viewed at: