Nomadic Projects : ‘The Museum of Hackney Wick (London, 2008)

Nomadic Projects is a curatorial partnership formed by Emma Hammar, Louise O’Kelly and Pau Cata. Nomadic Projects aims to facilitate the promotion of emerging artists whilst documenting communities and specific areas. By questioning traditional gallery displays Nomadic Projects will encourage artists to create histories through documentation and collaboration in order to represent the different realities of an ever-changing urban landscape.

The Museum of Hackney Wich @ The Hackney Wicked Festival 2008


In reaction to the radical changes that will take place in Hackney Wick as a result of the Olympic Games 2012, Nomadic Projects are encouraging local artists, and the community, to document the area in its last moments prior to redevelopment.
Inhabiting a disused shop space at the hub of the festival, The Museum of Hackney Wick is situated in an imagined future where Hackney Wick as we know it has ceased to exist.From this future local artists will speculatively analyse the area’s remains. Objects and documents will be exhibited using a traditional museum aesthetic and will be accompanied by a shop selling Hackney Wick memorabilia, performances and other activities remembering that past now lost forever.
The pieces exhibited will be the outcome of commissioned collaborations between artists (Stephen Gill, Leigh Niland, Sandra Schindler amongst others) and the various constituents of Hackney Wick. The aim of the exhibition is to create awareness of the current situation in Hackney Wick, an area due for regeneration as part of the Olympic Games 2012.