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EVENT · VeloPhoto · Claudia Janke · Packington Works

9 June @ 12:00 - 15:00


VeloPhoto · Claudia Janke · Packington Works

Discover ‘Packington Works’ with VeloPhoto at Copenhagen Photo Festival.

‘Packington Works’ is a book exploring the beauty and complexities of making art within your own community. Artist Claudia Janke has been creating with her fellow residents on the Packington – a housing estate in central London – for twenty years. The book gathers together Claudia’s extraordinary work made between 2003 and 2023 for the first time giving an intimate glimpse into a changing community.

The Packington Estate, known as the Pack, was an infamous concrete-panel housing estate. The first residents moved in at the beginning of 1970. Its five hundred and forty homes were demolished between 2007 and 2017, the concrete crushed and levelled to make ground for new flats and houses. There is no visible trace of the old estate left. Claudia moved to the Packington in 1999 and started making art with her neighbours in 2003. She now lives on the new estate.

‘Packington Works’ is a collection of photographs, recordings, film and performances in and around the flats, walkways, balconies and community squares of the old and new Packington. Claudia documents close-up the intricacies of the social and built environments resulting in immersive public portrait exhibitions, waving events and whispering through string phones, giant messages, and most importantly cake.

The book includes a conversation between Claudia and fellow artist Andrea Zimmerman about the beauty in everyday practice.


Notes to the editor

PACKINGTON WORKS is designed Claudia Schenk
Published by AiR in June 2023 in an edition of 300.
136 pages
Soft cover
ISBN 978-0-9575594-6-2


Claudia Janke is a European photographer and artist based in London focusing on themes of solidarity,  community and social justice. For the last 20 years Janke has been reporting on human- and women’s rights issues around the world for a wide range of national and international aid agencies and editorial clients such as the Red Cross, Save The Children and Refugee Action as well as The Guardian, Spiegel and Terra Mater.  In recent years she has moved towards a more artistic approach to create work with and for a more diverse group of people. Janke works in public spaces creating powerful visual stories and art installations exploring ways to amplify our shared humanity through participatory engagement. In 2018 Claudia created Wavelength – the ever-evolving public artwork and film countering division through waving.   

To find out more please see www.claudiajanke.com, @claudiajanke

Contact: mail@claudiajanke.com


9 June
12:00 - 15:00
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