In December 2017, artist and filmmaker Steve McQueen (b. 1969, London, UK) made an artwork in response to the fire that took place earlier that year on 14 June at Grenfell Tower in North Kensington, West London. 72 people died in the tragedy. Filming the tower before it was covered with hoarding, McQueen sought to create a record so that it would not be forgotten.
ALT went down to see the #film ahead of it opening, if it was McQueen’s intention to make you remember the victims of Grenfell then the film does that very thing.
A stark birds-eye view of the tower block striped of it habitants a burnt empty shell caught from the view of the filmmaker, the closes up are eerie, pink and white plastic bags can be seen through the glassless window frames. Hurdled together in it one would assume was part of the attempt to clear out the building. Strangely with the horrific extent of the fire you wonder what the bags are on as it looks like the floors would have been burnt away too. This not an easy film to watch.
As always our heart goes out to the 72 victims of the fire and say that we must always remember!!
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