‘Untitled’ (The Vaults, The Institute)

Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa

Sun 08 Apr 2007
Mon 09 Apr 2007


Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa

In an original SPILL commission, Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa will create a unique installation in the Shunt Vaults. Making art in a variety of different media and for a diverse range of contexts, in her recent work Wolukau-Wanambwa has been exploring how we, as human beings, construct our environments and how we form our views of the world; and what, in so doing, we see and do not see, remember and forget.

Such investigations will now be applied to this singular London location, a covert landmark in the heart of the city. Drawing her inspiration from the vaults themselves – from their architecture, their uses, and from the discarded traces of human activity that are to be discovered throughout its public and private areas – Wolukau-Wanambwa’s work will take viewers into areas of the vaults that have never before been open to the public. It will encourage them to encounter the building anew, and to contemplate its ‘life’.

Artist Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa lives and works in London. Recent exhibitions include: ‘Wandering Star: British-Korean Landscape’ (Gana Gallery, Seoul, South Korea), ‘For One Night Only’ (Camden Arts Centre, London) and ‘The Kinship International Strategy on Surveillance & Suppression’ (Conical Inc. Gallery, Melbourne, Australia). Between 2004 and 2006, she was the holder of an Arts Council London Emerging Artist’s Award.

(Sponge, glue, human hair)
Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa
London, 2005