London has been facing many major changes in the last few years, one of them being gentrification taking place in many areas around the capital. The phenomenon triggers drastic rent rising, less affordable housing, old buildings being taken down to be replaced by luxury flats, families struggling, old and young people having to move out etc. It has become difficult to be able to afford living near the centre, as well as buying a house or a flat.
This is an issue that many people I met are facing, I have myself to move out from my flat as the rent is rising up to £900 per month (!). Hence why I painted this portrait of a girl carrying a house, her home, in her backpack. I’m not sure what the future holds, but something needs to be done to stop this madness.
“Gentrification” – Zabou – 3x3m – London, UK – 2015
Thanks to The Real Art of Street Art for the spot and support & to my model Lucile for posing