Dis-Assembly

1 Jan 2002 to 31 Dec 2006

Dis-Assembly

Dis-assembly was a four-year project with the staff and students of North Westminster Community School (NWCS), one of Britain’s largest inner-city secondary schools.

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The project explored the legacy of this progressive flagship school, established during the 1960s, on the lead up to its closure in summer 2006 and its transition into Paddington Academy and Westminster Academy.

The Serpentine Gallery commissioned artists Christian Boltanski, Runa Islam, Faisal Abdu’Allah, and architect Yona Friedman to work with the 2,000 students to create photographic and film work, as well as a spectacular large-scale architectural project which culminated in July 2006 with an exhibition and launch event on the eve of the school’s closure.

Runa Islam’s commissioned film, Conditional Probability (25 October – 5 November 2006), was exhibited at the Serpentine Gallery.

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Runa Islam

Runa Islam

Dis-Assembly

2006
Conditional Probability
Photograph: David Parry
Christian Boltanski Children of North Westminster Community School 1992 Colour photographs mounted on board, 30 x 20 cm each Courtesy of the artist and Lisson Gallery, London © 1992 Christian Boltanski

Christian Boltanski Children of North Westminster Community School 1992 Colour photographs mounted on board, 30 x 20 cm each Courtesy of the artist and Lisson Gallery, London © 1992 Christian Boltanski

1992
Faisal Abdu’Allah and students Dis-assembly 2006 Photographic montages © 2006 Faisal Abdu’Allah (2826)

Faisal Abdu’Allah and students Dis-assembly 2006 Photographic montages © 2006 Faisal Abdu’Allah

Faisal Abdu’Allah

2006