Until 10 January 2016, The Museum of London will be the home of London Dust: a photography and film exhibition that aims to respond to the redevelopment of the City of London and its fallout from the 2008 financial crisis.
Rut Blees Luxemburg and Keef Winter, the artists behind London Dust, demonstrate through a sharply curated photographic series and a selection of films their fascinating relationship with the City of London. At this exhibition, visitors can lay their eyes on newly-acquired photographs from Luxemburg’s London Dust series and films such as London/Winterreise, 2013, Aplomb – St Paul’s, 2013 and Walkie-Talkie Melted My Golden Calf, 2013.
London Dust investigates the boundaries of London’s construction sites and their relationship to the computer-generated visualisations surrounding them. Through her photographic series and a film, Luxemburg examines the seduction of these images and their connections to the dusty decay of the urban scenes and building materials that are in fact their reality. Winter, whilst referencing the contrasting qualities of this matter, responds to the urban materiality of the city and creates both an effective viewing structure for Luxemburg’s film and a unique sculpture simultaneously.
Blees Luxemburg has successfully embodied a renowned fascination with London that seems to penetrate much of her work, as seen in both this exhibition and her previous installation for Photo London, The Teaser. “I am interested in the city,” she said in conversation with Photo London, “as here the spirit and intents of the time is made manifest. For me the city is akin to literature, it is an archive and also a transformative entity.” Luxemburg’s large-scale work explores these public spaces of interest; her work creates an immersive and dizzy-like composition that challenges people’s perceptions of urban spaces that perhaps might go overlooked, dismissed or unforeseen. Alongside the work of Keef Winter, whose structural installations often respond directly to the space where exhibited, this duo have coined a new gritty, unpolished London that is certainly worth experiencing.
London Dust is curated by Daniel C. Blight and alongside the artists’ work there will be an essay written by the writer and critic, Douglas Murphy. Visitors are able to attend free of charge until early next year.