Art installation 'I am here' on a partially empty apartment block in North London by artists Andrea Luka Zimmerman, Lasse Johansson and Tristan Fennell. i am here addresses a particular socio-political as well as economical situation specific to where it is installed, on the façade of Samuel House, part of Haggerston & Kingsland Estate. The housing estate is located alongside Regents Canal in-between Kingsland Road and Victoria Park in Hackney, London. Over the past 10 years this area has become increasingly gentrified. As a consequence the transformation of the area surrounding Samuel House has been radical and the estate now finds itself wedged in-between luxury loft apartments and expensive live/work spaces.
Whilst this rapid transformation has been going on in the area, nothing much has changed on Haggerston & Kingsland Estate since the early 1980’s. That is, except from an ongoing steady decline due to lack of maintenance and a gradual emptying of the estate. Since at least 2004 no new residents have been accepted, and instead, vacated flats have been boarded up.