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Occupied Spaces

Private and communal spaces of the 2011-2012 Occupy London protest.

On the 15th October 2011, protestors representing the global Occupy Movement set up a semi-permanent camp outside St. Paul’s Cathedral in central London. The aim of the protests was to encourage discourse and raise awareness of social and economic inequalities.

On the 25th of October, several UK newspapers and media outlets ran stories claiming that ‘thermal imaging’ proved that only 10% of the 250 tents in St. Paul’s Square were being inhabited overnight; I was immediately sceptical of these claims.

This series of photographs catalogues some of the communal and private spaces that were installed in the St. Pauls and Finsbury Square camps. The traces of activity and inhabitance serve as a document of the intense utilisation of a limited space by a large number of both permanent and temporary residents, and as a counterpoint to the claims of the mainstream media.

In April 2012, 'Occupied Spaces' was published in book form by London based publisher Here Press.

The Occupy London camp at St. Pauls presented an opportunity for a number of smaller movements to have their causes heard.

In the Kurdish tent, the flags on the walls depict Abdullah Ocalan, the leader of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) who is currently imprisoned in Turkey.

On the 27th October 2011 armed police searched the tent after an anonymous 999 call claimed there were guns inside.