Unearthing Elephant (2015 - 2017)

  • Film
  • Multimedia model of the shopping centre
  • Art&Culture Projects Directory (E&C, 1965 - date)


Work-in-progress in response to the demolition and reconstruction of Elephant and Castle’s shopping centre.

Through a process of research, conversation and observation, the aim is to engage with residents, traders and visitors to:

  • Explore the everyday practices of the shopping centre, with a focus on informality and adaptation;
  • Ask how the shopping centre exists in people’s imaginations and memories;
  • Tell the building’s story over time and within the broader context of Elephant and Castle and London;
  • Make visible the shopping centre’s value and ask how its successes in nurturing a community-focused, open-access space might be understood and sustained in the new development of Elephant and Castle;
  • Discover what kinds of conversations and spaces artistic projects can create at a time and in a place of extreme change.


The work will culminate in a film, combining documentary footage with scripted, imaginative elements and will be exhibited in conjunction with a co-produced model of the shopping centre. A directory of art&cultural projects having taken place in the area will be created and deposited with the Local History Studies and housed on the Cuming Museum website.


This is a collaboration between Eva Sajovic, Sarah Butler and Rebecca Davies, with the support of the Arts Council England. 


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Preparatory work for the model of the shopping centre

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Preparatory work for the interactive model - shop fronts

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Study for the film - interview with Luz.

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Study for the film - interview with Godson.

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Study for the film - interview with Viktoria.

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