Daniel Mayrit’s carefully constructed image Landscape With Bag from his post-riot series Suburban Scenes prompts a number of questions. To what extent do ‘services’ like Google Street View come to determine or confirm prejudiced views of certain sections of the urban populace? Surveillance photographs are now such a staple in the mainstream media, how does the ubiquity of this form normalise commercial and governmental encroachment on privacy? Or further promote the annexation and policing of space by institutional powers? However, we might also note Landscape With Bag featuring a youth seemingly in the act of pursuing material wealth is set amidst the bleakest of material environments, perhaps what’s ‘criminal’ here and not limited to Tottenham in 2011 is the nasty, brutal poverty of locale.

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