CEW EFourteen

Event Name: Chris Dorley-Brown: EFourteen - Whiffin’s East End Revisited

Venue: 3rd Floor Gallery, Idea Store Whitechapel, 321 Whitechapel Road, London E1 1BU

Opening: Monday 9 November 2015

Closing: Sunday 29 November 2015

Venue opening hours: Mon – Thu 9am – 9pm, Fri 9am – 6pm, Sat 9am – 5pm, Sun 11am – 5pm

Private view date & time: Monday 9 November, 6 – 8 pm


Exhibition description: As part of the Whiffin’s East End exhibition programme, Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives commissioned Chris Dorley-Brown to develop a contemporary response. Appraising the territory of Poplar today, imbued with the spirit of the old master, paying particular attention to some of his lesser known photographic works, pictures that have ambiguous function and origination, their original intention lost in time. Chris’s artist’s talk will explore the research processes of his work-in-progress, and how Whiffin’s skills and techniques still have a relevance and meaning today in a vastly changed landscape.

Photographer/s description: Chris (b.1958) grew up on the south coast but has lived and worked in London’s east end for the last 30 years. Largely self-taught, his cultural education was formed in east London in the late seventies, against a backdrop of strongly polarised political conflict and change. His influences are shaped by memory, both personal and those of others. The east end and its ever increasing diaspora, with its tradition of radicalism, experimentation and innovation are crucial to his work. The social structure of the East End is fragmented as much as it is unified. Immigration, integration, conflict and movement are all studied via his images - a building, a pedestrian, a car, a scrapyard - a matrix of ciphers that present a running commentary.


Since 1993 he has been collaborating with artists, filmmakers, curators, performers and writers as well as groups and individuals in the public sphere in a variety of cultural contexts, primarily outside the art gallery, (in print, radio, cinema, television, internet and architecture). He lives and works in London.