Painted Deserts

3 May 2007 – 23 Jun 2007

Event times

10-6, mon-fri, 12-6 sat

Cost of entry



England, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • 26 & 48 from Liverpool Street, 106 & 254 from Bethnal Green, 55 from Old Street
  • Tube: Bethnal Green, Liverpool Street
  • Hackney Central Overland or London Fields Station

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Exhibition exploring changing London landscape in run up to Olympics 2012


Painted Deserts is a photographic installation that responds to the momentous changes taking place within the London Olympic area of the Lower Lea Valley and the MOMART warehouse fire site at Leyton. It aims to capture the changing geographical, emotional and metaphorical landscape of these controversial sites through the documentation of their clearing and rebuilding. Using as its backdrop large scale images of the Olympic area, a vast, 3500 sq ft sandpit in the shape of the East London Olympic site fills the outdoor courtyard at SPACE. Through the use of containers the audience will be invited to create their ownlandscape, repeatedly flattening and reconstructing imagined stadia and other buildings. This resonates with images of the destroyed MOMART warehouse and the clearing, demolition and rebuilding of that site projected within the internal gallery space.

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