BAE TEIGR (Tiger Bay)

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BAE TEIGR

Bae Teigr means Tiger Bay in Welsh Language. This is the name with which this part of Cardiff, the capital city of Wales, was known. The face that looks at the sea, home of the old docks, which hosted the main exporting industry of coal in Britain at the beginning of twentieth century. Tiger Bay was the biggest multicultural community in Britain outside London, due to the settlement of sailormen and dockworkers from different parts of the world, mainly from Horn of Africa’s countries.
With the process of decline of the industry which started after the Second World War, the place started to lose its industrial use and in 1987 a plan of regeneration was given shape under the so called Cardiff Bay Development Corporation, which aimed to attract private capital by spending public money. Following a tendency started in other British cities and towns, “a new unplanned landscape emerged simbolizing the New Labour’s attempt to transform the Welfare State into a giant business” * (1)

This is a work about the place through my experience and the people that i came across. An attempt to understand the imprint of history and urban planification on its protagonists. A modern human being, citizen of the mass society, confronting his own dignity with a medium always untrustworthy. Modernization as a process of “disembedding”, the “lifting out of social relations from local contexts and their recombination across infinite tracts of space and time. Many human beings physically absent from each other, not constrained by the mediation of place”* (2). A community formed by many communities, not always in concordance, and a history whose weight has been weakened by the competition of market forces.

1*Owen Hatherley, “A guide to the new ruins of Great Britain”
2*John Berger, “Ways of Remenbering”, “The CameraWork Essays”

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