A Handful of Dust

Whitechapel Gallery
Until September 03
“I will show you fear in a handful of dust” is a line from a TS Eliot war poem, and the inspiration behind the title of an exhibition taking place at Whitechapel Gallery.
Walker Evans - Erosion, MissMissippi 1936, Silver gelatin print, Library of Congress press photograph collection, David Campany
“A Handful of Dust” explores the motif of dust in the context of wartime destruction, natural disasters and domestic dirt and forensics.

Footage of the fatally destructive, such as the Hiroshima bombings and 9/11 attacks, are being displayed alongside images of domestic demolitions, like Robert Burley’s “Demolition of Buildings 64 and 69” which captures the moment two Kodak Park buildings in New York are reduced to clouds of dust.

Magazine spreads, film footage, press photos and even postcards all feature in this fascinating collection of works by over thirty artists and photographers. These include Gerhard Richter, Sophie Ristelhueber, Mona Kuhn and Jeff Wall.


Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High St, London E1 7QX
Aldgate East
Opening hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday to Sunday: 11am-6pm; Thursdays: 11am-9pm; Closed Mondays
Entry fee:
June 07 - September 03


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