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Lost libraries of the Silk Road


The Universal Now and further episodes is a mid-career survey of work by Abigail Reynolds at Peer, Shoreditch Library and Bookartbookshop. The three-way exhibition features a new film installation drawing on the artist’s recent journey in search of the lost libraries of the Silk Road, a new large- scale sculptural commission for Peer plus collage, sculpture and print works made over the past decade.

At Shoreditch Library, Reynolds is showing a new two-screen film installation, Lost Libraries (2018) that draws on her extraordinary five-month journey undertaken as the recipient of BMW’s Art Journey Prize between 2016 and 2017. She travelled from China through Uzbekistan, Iran, Turkey, Italy and Egypt to visit the sites of libraries lost over the past two thousand years to political conflicts, natural catastrophes, revolution and wars.

The concluding element in the three-way collaboration is a window display at nearby Bookartbookshop, London’s only bookshop specialising in artists’ books and small press publications.

Until 23 June 2018