With London as our backdrop and home, in Every Way Up Has Its Way Down, we look back to a time when Brick Lane meant Beigels and trace the footsteps of historic Jewish immigrants in the East End. Simultaneously mapping the paths of our own ancestors, our cultural experiences, and how in 2013 we find ourselves both inside and outside of these inherited and learned social conventions, we ask: ‘Do we know where we are going, if we don’t know where we have been?’
The piece interrogates our relationship with unknown pasts whilst considering our current etchings on the city’s landscape. Sharing a Jewish background, we have each grown up and experienced this heritage in very different ways, in locations on opposite sides of the globe. Now, we are both aliens in one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world uncovering the past in order to place ourselves in the present. Every Way Up charts our attempts to find home in a place and context where we feel like outsiders.
Every Way Up debuted in July 2013 at Rich Mix, as part of the Stories of London festival. Images by Virginia Munday.