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Rab Harling
Exile in the Kingdom


Private view: 6 March 2020, 6-10 PM

Event: Saturday 21 March
Poetry in Exile
Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic CABLE DEPOT has had to close and postpone the proposed performance in the current show, Rab Harling’s Exile in the Kingdom. Until it can be rearranged, Little Onion (poet artist Paul Conneally) will give a short live performance Poetry in Exile on his Instagram (little___onion) live feed at 7.30 on Saturday 21st March. Please tune in live at https://www.instagram.com/invites/contact/?i=1vvb24xgfzubb&utm_content=5qvnm

Film screenings: 24th April 2020, 7pm.
Details TBC

Exhibition continues until 3 May 2020 by appointment. Please email info@cable-depot.com or rabharling@hotmail.com to arrange a visit.


“Rab Harling’s new film Exile in the Kingdom is beautiful. One of the most original things I’ve seen in a long time” – Paul Sng, director of Invisible Britain and Dispossession: the Great Social Housing Swindle.

Displaced by urban conflict, Rab Harling’s Exile in the Kingdom is a semi-autobiographical tale of exile, told through the prism of a diseased ash tree on a remote Scottish hillside.

Photographed between 2015 & 2019, Exile in the Kingdom is a timely elegy to Britain’s third most common tree, the ash, which may soon become a rare sight on Britain’s landscape, due to infection by the ash dieback pathogen. Ash dieback (Hymenoscyphus fraxineus) is estimated to affect up to 95% of Britain’s estimated 90 million ash trees.

Exile in the Kingdom is a tranquil and peaceful tale, told in striking contrast to the physical and social displacement of the artist, and the underlying disease destroying Britain’s traditional countryside vistas.

The exhibition comprises of 368 C-type photographs and a short film, photographed over midsummer 2019, exhibited seamlessly on a loop.








Rab Harling

Following periods living in Edinburgh, Stockholm and Paris, Rab Harling (born England 1972) graduated from Surrey Institute of Art & Design, Farnham in 1996 with a BA (Hons.) in Film & Video, specialising in Cinematography. He moved to London in 1997 and freelanced in film & television as a camera technician before focussing his attention on stills photography, allowing him the freedom to pursue and develop the technical training he received in the film industry with his own ideas and passion for experimentation. Awarded an MA in Photography from the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London in 2010, he subsequently pursued large-scale installation projects, working and living in East London’s iconic but controversial Balfron Tower. Witnessing first-hand the brutality with which working-class communities were being “decanted” and displaced by a Registered Social Landlord, working with luxury property developers, he founded Balfron Social Club in 2014 to campaign for the retention of a minimum of 50% social housing in all regeneration projects built in or upon purpose-built social housing communities.

Harling has exhibited, presented artist talks and film screenings, and participated in panel debates for the East End Film Festival, Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle), Wellcome Collection, UCL Urban Laboratory, Diffusion International Photography Festival at Cardiff University, London School of Economics, University of Warwick, Goldsmiths University of London, UCL Slade Research Centre, Focus E15, University of East London, University of Kingston, PEER Gallery, and for Londonist, as part of the Whose London? Festival at the Camden Peoples Theatre, featuring Anna Minton. 

His work has been reviewed in The Art Newspaper, RIBA Journal, The Guardian, Time Out, British Medical Journal, Camden New Journal, the Canary, Colouring in Culture, Journal of Wild Culture, Architecture Today, TANK Magazine and has been debated in the House of Lords by Lord Cashman of Limehouse. He has worked on film & television productions including Football Factory, The Gigolos, Dispossession: the Great Social Housing Swindle, Poirot, Circus, Conspiracy, and many more. Harling’s own films have been screened in museums and galleries over 10,000 times.