John van Aitken
Aitken’s practice-based research aims to develop a photographic project documenting the changing spaces of a housing estate in Pendleton, Salford, as it is transformed through a private finance initiative (PFI) regeneration scheme (to be completed in 2020). This work aims to develop visual strategies that produce alternative narratives to the dominant discourses and imaginaries that naturalise current profit accumulation strategies.
John van Aitken is a Marxist urbanist dealing with issues of displacement and gentrification. He is the co-founder of the Institute of Urban Dreaming.