Nicholas Eppel’s A House in Harrington Street reflects 3 years in the life of Elizabeth Barrett, before a fire destroyed the home.

On the morning of Wednesday 18 December 2013, an electrical fire burnt down the residence of Elizabeth Barrett on Harrington Street, just around the corner from Orms Cape Town. Thankfully, no-one was injured in the fire, due to the bravery of Elizabeth, who saved 14 children before evacuating the house herself.

Cape Town-based photographer Nicholas Eppel‘s debut solo exhibition, A House in Harrington Street, showcases photographs taken over a three year period at the now ruined house. The exhibition will be opening on Thursday next week at the Cape Town School of Photography.

Photographic exhibition ‘A House in Harrington Street’ by Nicholas Eppel

Titled ‘A House in Harrington Street’, Nicholas Eppel’s debut solo exhibition reflects three years in the life of long-time Harrington Street resident, 68 years old Elizabeth Barrett. Eppel’s photographs document Elizabeth’s house and life, which stand as a testimony to community living against the rapid gentrification of the inner city. Elizabeth recently made headlines by saving 14 children from her burning house, which now stands in ruins.

The exhibition, which is sponsored by the Centre for Curating the Archive, UCT, and supported by the Cape Town School of Photography and Orms Pro Photo Warehouse, consists of 30 images: still lives, portraits and intimate moments of the household prior to the fire.

Venue: The Cape Town School of Photography, 4th Floor 62 Roeland Street (cnr Harrington St)

Exhibition Opening: 27 February 2014 at 6pm

Contact: Jade Nair 021-4807151 (Centre for Curating the Archive)

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