Installation and photographic study of a closed library
The Backdrop for the memory marathon associates two objects of storage. Displaced from the excavated ground and flooded roof of Herzog and De Meuron’s pavilion at the Serpentine Gallery, Backdrop recreates the facade of one of the practice’s early iconic projects, The Ricola Storage buliding, in linen fabric on silver scrim. The Ricola’s structure is reminiscent of bookshelves. In parallel, the project visits Kensal Rise in North London, where a Carnegie Library was closed by Brent Council in 2011 and was stripped of its books during the night. For the Memory Marathon the interior that was left behind was carefully documented.
Installation, Serpentine Gallery
The photographs form a small part of the determined campaign to save the local library that has brought the case to international attention at a moment when such cultural assets are under threat from a shrinking public domain on one side, and digitalisation on the other. savekensalriselibrary.org
Photographic documentation of a closed library. Plastiques Photography
Installation in use as backdrop for talk series, Serpentine Gallery
Concept: associating objects of storage