Waste of Space
A joint exhibition with photographer Adrian Nettleship in December 2012. This was the last ever exhibition in the 491 gallery - a squat which had been running arts events for 11 years. See the press release below and scroll down to read the comments book.
What happens to buildings when their owners stop using them?
Held in a squatted gallery in East London Waste of Space is a photographic exhibition about the lives of abandoned properties. Two photographers explore the use and misuse of spaces in the modern world, peering into hidden worlds and darkened corners to reveal the secret stories of forgotten buildings and of the people who try to bring life back into them.
Adrian Nettleship will be showing his project Occupy and Explore. Originally produced as a multimedia project shown on the web, Occupy and Explore lays out paths through a squat, leading the viewer along coloured trails of string to meet the occupants and explore the house. It affords us a glimpse into the activities, workings and beliefs underpinning the squat, while providing an alternative to the prevailing rhetoric through photography and audio recordings.
Lisa Furness is a fine art photographer who has spent the last few years photographing derelict and abandoned buildings. Her atmospheric work is an attempt to understand the realities of the modern man-made world and to remind us of the unseen consequences of our actions. In 2012 her focus has shifted to squatting culture, providing alternative stories for these unused places. Waste Of Space sees these two photographic studies appearing together for the first time.