James Lander, whose PhD was believed to be funded by Bow Arts, looks on longingly at my work, & wishes he had any talent whatsoever.
Meow, right? During this talk Lander claimed to be commissioned by Poplar Harca to create an archive in Balfron Tower.
He later denied it.
A visibly nervous Lander stuttered through his talk, gestured at me suggesting I had failed to negotiate with Bow Arts.
There was no negotiating with Bow Arts.
They’d no interest in art, or community, just money, & they used revenge eviction against me as a 1st resort… Lander came on board the Bow Arts gravy train when he was a property guardian in Balfron Tower.
Simon Terrill engaged him onto the building & Bow Arts took him under their wing, buying themselves a critical voice on the artwash of Balfron Tower…
The photograph above was taken at a talk hosted by Alberto Duman at University of East London in 2015.
James Lander and Alberto Duman appeared together recently at TACO, in Thamesmead.
It seems that fraud, social cleansing, vicious attacks on working class communities and the theft of Balfron Tower, during which social several long-term social housing residents died, so that their homes could be socially cleansed and sold off as luxury flats, is not enough to stop James Lander and Alberto Duman helping Bow Arts with their artwash programme.
Thamesmead is currently being artwashed & socially cleansed for Peabody. Nobody has ever been held to account for the charity tax fraud, revenge eviction, & sabotage of my residency at UCL.
Financial penalties aren’t enough, & Bow Arts still owe me £4k, taken illegally from my rent & donated to themselves without my permission.
This thread explains in more detail, but I believe Bow Arts also paid Ruth Solomons, who was at the time soliciting them for money for her PhD.
Solomons name came up repeatedly in Subject Access Requests, questioning any challenge to BAT’s credibility.
Ruth had been bought.
If you missed @paulageraghty brilliant thread on the integrity of the archive, check it out here…
Which leads me onto my interactions & experience of @LBTHArchives…
I went to visit the London Borough of Tower Hamlets Library & archives in 2011, to talk to them about my work in Balfron Tower.
They were friendly & gave me a copy of 9th Floor: a History of Social Housing in Tower Hamlets. I have never had any other interactions with them… If anybody has ever had the misfortune to watch 9th Floor: a History of Social Housing then I am sorry for you.
The film was an incorrectly-titled propaganda film for Bow Arts & their artwash agenda. I knew the director. He was embarrassed by it…
LBTH Library & Archive were clearly in the grip of Bow Arts propaganda, however bad, and their agenda of artwash & social cleansing.
In the years since, the Tower Hamlets Library & Archive have repeatedly exhibited & promoted all sorts of propaganda being funded by Bow Arts…
Interspersed with exhibition after exhibition about the radical HISTORY of Tower Hamlets, plus unwavering support for Bow Arts, including artwashing patsy James Lander.
@LBTHArchives have become a politically-motivated & funded propaganda wing for the social cleansing of Tower Hamlets.
I guess they’re not open to a critique then.
btw, the Bow Arts propaganda film may have been called 15th floor, or something.
The director lived on the 9th floor of Balfron Tower, so thats what I always called it that.
Balfron Social Club
Poplar, 21st November 2019
This thread originated on Twitter. Thanks to @threadreader for the unroll.
The original thread can be found here: https://twitter.com/RabHarling/status/1196851487412019200