Here’s my nomination for the Turner Prize.
I took the photo last night at the Grenfell silent protest. At the time – and even now – I struggled to put into words how profound I find this. According to their parents, the idea and execution were all the children’s. It is truly a great work of art.
Of equal powerful eloquence was the protest itself. It was the third. Apparently it started with about 20 people on 14th July. Last night there were about 400. The idea of silence on the same day that the inquiry by, of and for the establishment was opened seemed incongruous. But emotions are still raw in North Kensington so chanting slogans might seem insensitive and disrespectful.
As Sir Martin Moore-Bick moves towards his inevitably unsatisfactory conclusions, it’s essential that we ‘the public’ make true meaning of what purports to be a public inquiry. There are lots of ways of doing that, but one is to stand in solidarity with the local community and bear witness to this preventable tragedy.
The plan is to hold the silent protest on the 14th of every month (starting at 7pm outside Notting Hill Methodist Church, 240 Lancaster Rd, London W11 4AH – two minutes from Ladbroke Grove tube station). So please make a date for Saturday 14th October and spread the word.