Art Bin is a major new installation by Michael Landy transforming the South London Gallery into a container for the disposal of works of art. Landy famously destroyed all his possessions in his 2001 installation Break Down and this enormous work similarly raises issues around disposal, destruction, value and ownership. Over the course of the exhibition, as people take up Landy’s invitation to discard their art works, it forms what he describes as “a monument to creative failure”. Anyone can apply to dispose of art works in Art Bin by bringing them to the gallery or applying online at www.art-bin.co.uk.
Nostalgia is a new three-part film installation by Omer Fast depicting a migrant from a dystopian Britain seeking asylum in Africa. Adapted from a true account, this narrative is presented alongside an extract of original footage and a dramatisation of an encounter between the artist and a person seeking asylum in Britain. Deliberately combining these disparate elements, Fast confronts us with a contemporary recollection of displacement and loss in a film narrative that is set in the future but which appears to have been produced in the past.
Omer Fast is the recent recipient of the 2009 Nationalgalerie Prize for Young Art.