Shoreditch Town Hall [1998]

In 1997-98, at the invitation of curator Val Williams, and alongside other photographers including Clare Strand and Martin Parr,  I worked with a loose consortium of volunteers, artists, architects, designers and film makers to ask questions and make work about the future of Shoreditch Town Hall that at the time was under threat. Various approaches were conceived. I made a series of photographs that sought to evoke histories of the building through its materiality and what I found.

Additionally as part of an open day/exhibition/ public consultation, I set up a studio for visitors to be photographed  and to write on the Polaroid something of relevance, contributing to the wider conversation. In one, the radical German artist Gustav Metzger made his own contribution on an autodestructive polaroid. [pic coming, it’s in my storage somewhere]