Artist and filmmaker Steve McQueen made a film in December 2017 in response to the fire that took place at Grenfell Tower in North Kensington, London. This film is on show just now until 10th May at Serpentine South.
This isn’t a documentary about the fire or even commentary about the investigation. It is a silent view of the area and the tower. Filmed in one 24-minute unedited shot.
I feared once the tower was covered up it would only be a matter of time before it faded from the public’s memory. In fact, I imagine there were people who were counting on that being the case. I was determined that it never be forgotten. So, my decision was made for me. Remember.
This film is dedicated to the 72 people who died in the fire, the survivors and the bereaved.Steve McQueen
We are visiting London in a couple of weeks and have booked tickets to see this film. Like everyone else, we felt pain at the loss of life. We also live in high-rise accommodation, so I think there is also empathy of a similar housing situation. Click here to read a review of the film from The Guardian.
Grenfell by Steve McQueen is at Serpentine Gallery, London, until 10th May.