Rachel Whiteread, House, 1993

An ambitious cast of a complete Victorian house in east London; doomed to be demolished, as all the other terraced dwellings.
Showing absence through presence of emptiness.
Creating a public sculpture with private/domestic space.

Rachel Whiteread House 1993 Photo: Sue Omerod © Rachel Whiteread

The road has been destroyed in the second Wold War bombing.
By the early 1990’s the terrace was almost completely demolished, giving space to new tower blocks, new housing and housing preferences, new progress and change.
The last houses were tear down in 1993, with the last one used to create the sculpture, just to be demolished too, shortly after the artist received the Turner Prize for the monument.

The appropriation of absence, how no-more existing objects and their history around and after their life-time can have influence today; how they can represent and reflect on ongoing changes in our society, are pretty captivating.

My project wants to explore ideas of stability and presence, through history of changing industry in Europe, but also like Rachel’s work, through absence and ephemerality.

Resources: http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/turner-prize-1993/turner-prize-1993-artists-rachel-whiteread


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Marek Liska


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