The allotments closed in September 2007 and demolished to construct a footpath for the 2012 Olympic Games. The images present the small personal spaces of shed owners revealing the complex and nuanced relationships between the plot holders and the nature they tended.
Gesche Würfel is a German visual artist living and working in New York City. She received her BSc+MSc in Urban Planning from the University of Dortmund, Germany, and her MA in Photography and Urban Cultures from Goldsmiths, University of London, UK. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. In 2007, Würfel was selected as one of the Bloomberg New Contemporaries. Some of her recent exhibitions include solo shows at Wolk Gallery, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA; Civilian Art Projects, Washington, DC; and Goldsmiths, University of London, UK. She has solo shows coming up in London (Underground Gallery) and New York (Red Roots Gallery) in 2012. Her work has been shown in group shows among others at Tate Modern, [space], Photofusion (all in London); The New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall; Cornerhouse, Manchester; Kokerei Zollverein, Essen, Germany; and Curator's Office, Washington, DC, USA. Her work is included in the MIT Museum's Collection, along with many private collections in Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States. She has received Individual Artist Grants from the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA) in 2011 and 2012 and a 2012 Manhattan Cultural Fund (MCAF) Grant from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC). Her work has been published among others in Foto8, Younger Than Jesus - Artist Directory, Cahier Fotografie, Critical Cities, Art Actuel, StadtBauwelt.