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Taking Over the King's Land

Artist Nazir Tanbouli has a self-appointed task to take over a whole semi-derelict social-housing estate in East London and cover it with art. Can art counter the urban atmosphere of deprivation, brutality, blight and neglect? Nazir seems to think so, and he embarks on the project, battling the endless rain and the bitter weather of the “British summer.” What on earth is an Egyptian doing painting the walls of a condemned block of flats in East London?

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Taking Over The King's Land is a portrait of an artist, a social documentary about
regeneration, and maybe even a love-letter to London's diversity. It is film about the potential power of art to transform not just places, but lives. Tanbouli reflects on how he is using art to integrate himself, as an “Arab, Muslim immigrant,” into the fabric of London. The artist is a unique and fascinating character, and the film offers a very different view of London than is normally on offer.




Copyright © 2013 Gillian McIver

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