Grassroots campaign shuts down far right art gallery!
The Shut Down LD50 campaign can happily disclose that the landlord of the LD50 Gallery has asked the tenants, Lucia Diego and Alexander Moss, to vacate the premises. The gallery sign has been taken down from the building at 2–4 Tottenham Road, Dalston, London, and there is no indication that any future events will be taking place in the space. As of April there will no longer be a racist cultural centre operating in Hackney.
Shutting down the gallery is the result of sustained campaign work by many political and community groups, Hackney residents, cultural workers and journalists. We thank everyone involved for their dedication. At the same time we have to recognise that this is only a first step. More needs to be done both to prevent LD50 and its organisers from restarting their project elsewhere, and more generally to ensure that our communities and cultural institutions are kept free of the influence of the far right.
We urge people inside and outside of the art world to refuse to work with Lucia Diego and Alexander Moss. They have actively supported the development of a fascist culture in London. The speakers they hosted often promote mass violence against oppressed peoples and political opponents. The LD50 representatives have done next to nothing to disassociate themselves from such views. There is every reason to believe that they will attempt to resume their public promotion of racist ideas if given the opportunity. Not giving fascism a platform or a voice is an effective non-violent means of stopping them.
It is also important to learn lessons from our activity up until now. As a loose affiliation of friends and associates the Shut Down LD50 Campaign worked collectively alongside established community groups. We have worked mostly anonymously in order to protect ourselves. This was especially necessary after Lucia Diego published the personal details of opponents for potential use by the online far- and alt-right (including open advocates of political murder). When we oppose fascists we need to protect ourselves from their tactics of intimidation.
We must continue to think about how to oppose racism and fascism more broadly. Whilst some of the events at LD50 were openly fascist, it is clear that the space also took inspiration from the more everyday forms of political authoritarianism that have proliferated during the last few years, including Trump. Shutting down fascists in the long term requires that we transform the culture in which they can begin to gain popular and institutional support (and the art world is not the neutral space it often believes itself to be). We need to be able to ask larger questions, such as how to oppose Britain’s own violent border regime.
One way is by working in and alongside the many groups who helped to support our campaign. All of these different organisations are doing exceptional work in the fight against racism, fascism and oppression. Their struggles are becoming increasingly necessary, and we encourage you to get involved with them. To that end, we include a list of groups who have supported us below.
Shut Down LD50
56a Infoshop, Anti-University, Artists For Palestine UK, Arts Against Cuts, Autonomous Centre Edinburgh, BARAC / Black Activists Rising Against Cuts, Base, BDZ Group / Boycott Zabludowicz, Black Lives Matter UK, Boycott Workfare, Cleaners and Allied International Workers Union, Cops Off Campus, Digs / Hackney Private Renters, Disabled People Against the Cuts, DIY Space for London,
UCU (University and College Union), Independent Workers Union of Great Britain, Jewish Socialists’ Group, Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants, London Anti-Fascists, MayDay Rooms Staff Collective, Movement for Justice, Mute Magazine, Novara Media, PCS Union Culture Sector Group, Plan C London, Radical Housing Network, Roots Culture Identity Art Collective, Scottish Radical Library, Sisters Uncut North London, South London Solidarity Federation.
Mycroft Holmes is known for his snowy persona; intimidation is his game, one he often takes gold in. However, as his rather spirited and sarcastic PA, not even his iciness dull your flame.
You tightened your grip iPhone in your right hand, mindful of the brimming black file pressed under your left arm.
To some people, the British government was tedious, a grey area.
For others - like yourself and few more - the innermost workings of the well oiled machine were just part of your day to day life.
When you first applied to the sector, you were all but a secretary, your phone still holding apps like flappy bird and doodle jump.
Now, however, as PA to Mycroft Holmes, your phone held some of the more confidential information in England (and also flappy bird).
Your heels click against the tiled hallway floor which ran to your bosses office, walls decorated with black and white photographs of past political masterminds; you’d told Mycroft many a time that if it were up to you you’d replace these images with those of flowers and skyscapes, you’d also repaint the walls green - give the building some depth and colour, needless to say, Mycroft managed to somehow secure a lifetime ban from B&Q, IKEA, Homebase and any other DIY merchant in London and the surrounding area.
As you reach the door to his office, you juggle the file further up your side, pulling the handle with your hand and pushing the door open with your behind.
“Happy Wednesday, Sir” you address, causing Holmes to look up from his laptop only briefly before returning to his screen.
“Oh yes, young Y/N, whats in my emails today?”
Straight to business as usual, you roll your eyes at him and place his planner down on his desk.
“Well id love to tell you, but all your important information is drowned by the subscriptions to dietpillsforyou.org and weightwatchers” you quirp, while taking the seat opposite him, leaning on the desk with your elbows.
“Hilarious, Y/L/N, however you know i would never use the same email address for both the Queen and Slimming World” his speech is controlled, but you see a small, almost smile tugging at the corner of his lips, causing you to smirk.
“Nothing of note, but your brother called last night, something about a family get together on the 3rd”
“Bugger!” He exhaled, following it up with a sign to seal in the deal on how put out he was by this impromptu social gathering,
“Just tell him I have flu or something”
“Its for your fathers birthday, My”
He doesn’t even look up,
“Yes, Y/N, I’m well aware, hence why i have ‘flu’” he slowed each word in a patronising-like manner.
“You know that you are literally the worst son on the planet, right?” to this he looks up, your wit getting the better of him this time, and he can’t fight the smile that infests his lips and eyes.
“Indeed, now go get me some coffee from the machine on floor seven like a good little girl” he all but ruffles you hair, mockery laced like poison in every word.
“Im your PA, not your slave, dear” You retort, lifting yourself out go the leather office chair and leaning over the desk to lay one of your soft, small hands over his large one, temporally commencing his typing. As he looks up into your eyes you meet his.
“Refer to me as young one more time and ill throw that Macbook out of your twenty-story-high window” you murmur, before twirling around and exiting the room without another word; leaving a bewildered (if not rather enchanted) Mycroft to regain his bearings.
This is why I keep her around, he thinks, a building full of seniors and officials and that girl is the only creature brave enough to take me on.
You tap back down the hallway, headed anywhere that isn’t getting Mycroft coffee
So I have a particular interest in interior design. For about the past year or so I have worked on transforming my room into the perfect “tumblr room” you could say. Most of the things in my room I have made myself to some degree. The chalkboard is a piece of wood I painted with chalkboard paint so it would fit my walls. The framed world map is a framed cork board, I cut out all the countries, pinned them down, and painted over it, then marked the places I’ve been and places I want to go. My photo string is all pictures of my friends and family attached to twine with clothespins. The big collages such as the one next to my bed I made by printing out photos onto card stock, thick paper so it wouldn’t curl, I then used double sided tape to attach the photos to my wall. I have an urban outfitters tapestry and fairy lights around my room as well. My throw pillows are from society 6 and bed bath and beyond.
As a base for this nail art, I applied -with a jelly stamper- a mix of polishes from Essie Mirror Metallics collection and then I stamped a couple of designs from MYL Flower Power collection with Revlon Espresso.
Hope you like it!