Laura Chen

Lauren Chen was one of the eight artists exhibited as part of the Green Lens project at MAC, throughout August & September 2018.

I’m originally from The Netherlands, but came to England for my studies. I’ve been here for three years now and during my stay in Birmingham I’ve noticed the effects of the city’s industrial heritage, especially in Digbeth.

This part of the city is full of car parks, factories and abandoned buildings. Though this area is now considered to be one of the main creative centres in the city, the effects of mechanical production and manufacturing are still very noticeable. 

I took these pictures on a disposable camera to capture the mood of this part of town. I used a disposable camera as a metaphor of the waste that’s disposed and spread across the city.