A Handful of Dust

The exhibition A Handful of Dust, curated by David Campany, was shown at the Whitechapel Gallery in 2017 and I reviewed it in Source 91 (Winter 2017).

One of the things I enjoyed about the exhibition was the way it crossed over boundaries. This review could have been placed under ‘Surrealism’ since the show’s starting point was Man Ray’s 1920 photo, Dust Breeding. It could be under ‘Documentary’, a term which would cover many of the images in the exhibition

But it is here under the rubric ‘Visual Culture’ because what I found most interesting was what the project had to say about the place of dust in the wider culture.

(The picture opposite is a detail from Sophie Ristelhueber’s Because of Dust Breeding, photographed in the exhibition.)