The exhibition space, a former factory developed into artist studios, was meticulously customised to mirror four large-scale colour photographs installed within the space.
This similarity between exhibition space and the photographs creates the effect of a mise-en-abyme, otherwise known as a smaller copy within a larger image. This, alongside the creation of an arched doorway, isolates the space from the rest of the exhibition and creates a heightened sense of the space’s emptiness. The viewer who seems to be implicated inside the work, begins to ask “is this a photograph of the space where I am standing?” or “am I looking at a photograph of a model?”
The images are taken from a collection of photographs taken inside industrial spaces in London available to rent. In both the installation and the photographs, the space is frozen in-between transactions. The installation of Unit forms part of a series of works designed to highlight the otherwise invisible spaces of transit and exchange.