Made, unmade

As of next week, a space in east London will be transformed into the deserts of Libya and Namibia, thanks to installation artist Julie Brook.

River bank
River bank

For her new show entitled Made, unmade, Brook has create an immersive, 16-screen film installation for the Wapping Project’s Boiler House space.

The screens surround the viewer with footage from Brook’s travels in the two African countries, where she set about roaming the unforgiving terrain and moving rocks and stones to form ephemeral sculptures from the landscape.

 Curved Rising Line, Jebel Acacus, south west Libya
Curved Rising Line, Jebel Acacus, south west Libya

The Libyan footage was shot in 2008 and 2009, when Brook explored the black volcanic desert, in the centre of the country, and the Jebel Acacus Mountains in the south-west.

Two years later, the artist journeyed to northwest Namibia, creating fast outdoor sculptures from natural objects, playing with the natural light and shadow of the semi-desert space.

According to the gallery, the works form documentation not only of the pieces Brooks created, but the ‘back-breaking work’ that went into forming them.

Sand drawing 2, Jebel Acacus
Sand drawing 2, Jebel Acacus

‘These are essentially existential works as a lone figure comes to terms with its place in the world,’ says the Wapping Project.

‘The films are like messages from the front.’

Suspended block, Otjize
Suspended block Otjize

Made, unmade: Julie Brook runs from 4 September ­  6 October at The Wapping Project, Wapping Hydraulic Power Station, Wapping Wall, London E1W

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