Anna Fairchild | Brutal-Lab

21 January – 12 February 2022

Departure Lounge are delighted to launch our 2022 programme with Anna Fairchild’s experimental installation Brutal-Lab.

Anna Fairchild’s points of departure for this work, are the fragments of Brutalist inspired architecture she noticed and photographed while ‘walking-drifting’ through Luton in Autumn 2021. Fairchild’s interests include amongst others; Sundon Park water tower, the cast concrete facades of the Mall (the ‘Arndale Centre’) and the old ABC cinema.

Brutal-Lab is a changing, open-ended exploration and development of Fairchild’s photographic collage workMap Memories produced in Istanbul in the early 1990s, film and photographic pieces presented as part of Are We Human, at the 2016 Istanbul Design Biennial and her exhibition of sculpture and photograms in Congruous at Saturation Point, London, 2021.

Including a composition of Fairchild’s photographic research, Photograms and experimental architectural models, Brutal-Labwill explore ways of working with digital and analogue photographic materials, photographic collage, writing and with direct cast sculptural processes.

Brutal-Lab will inform an intuitive development of Fairchild’s current work, examining often-overlooked details and architectural forms in the urban spaces that surround us.

The exhibition will close with a discussion led by Dr Debra Benita Shaw and John Stephens (further participants to be announced) on Saturday 5 February 2022. The closing view will be open to the public and further details will be avaliable shortly.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday
13.00 - 18.00


64 Bute Street,
Luton, LU1 2EY

In partnership with The Culture Trust Luton

In order to ensure the safety of our staff and audience members, we kindly ask all visitors to:
  • Wear a face covering
  • Use the hand sanitiser provided before entering the gallery space

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Departure Lounge Contemporary Art
Community Interest Company
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