Installations

Exchange Series: Dalston

The Exchange Series project was conceived as a festive dialogue
between shopkeepers and designers that manifested in the form of
8 small interventions into the landscape of one of East London’s most
diverse and creative neighbourhoods.

8 artists and designers created bespoke works within 8 host shops,
exploring the specific conditions of place, space, ownership and
audience. Each installation responded to the entrenched context as
a site for display, considering its commercial function and recognising
it as a cultural space with a pre-existing visual language
and an established local identity.

Each collaboration brought together different local experiences
of service and artwork in an everyday context of shared time
and space.

PARTNERSHIPS
Diamond Car Service & Alexandre Bettler
Launderette & Aurelie Dellasanta
Afrique Fabrics & Damien Poulain
Dalston Stationers & Hato Press
Eyes Only Opticians & Sarah Cockings
Afro World & Olivia Hegarty and Pipa Greenbank
Arthur’s Cafe & Laurence Owen
William Gee & Agi and Sam

CONCEPT AND CURATION
Giovanna Lisignoli
Kasia Maciejowska
Irina Granado

PHOTOGRAPHY
Sam Irons

SUPPORT TEAM
Lewis Ronald
Tim Summers
Adam Gibbons
Hannah Wardle

SUPPORTED BY
Hackney Council

The Exchange Series project was a festive dialogue between shopkeepers and designers that took the form of 8 small interventions into the landscape of Dalston’s main high street.

8 artists and designers created bespoke works within 8 host shops, exploring the specific conditions of place, space, ownership and audience. Each installation responded to its context as a site for display whilst also considering its commercial function and recognising it as a cultural space with a pre-existing visual language and an established local identity.

Each collaboration represents the coming together of two different work practices – an interaction between retail and design, between service and artwork – that was situated in time and place from 2011 to 2012, on Kingsland Road, Kingsland High Street and Stoke Newington Road.