Go for Gold: The East London Landscape of the 2012 Olympics

Photographs by Gesche Würfel

This exhibition of photographs by Gesche Würfel explored the transformation of the urban landscape of East London in preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games. Würfel began her investigation in 2006 with structures of the Lea Valley before they were razed to make way for the future sports venues.

Würfel's photographic series continues today with images documenting the massive social and geographical transformations of the Lower Lea Valley. The promised legacy of the Olympics development is the regeneration of residential, commercial and recreational uses of the site, but the immediate impact is a significant disruption of established relationships between residents and their natural and built environment. Go for Gold critiques the use of regeneration to bolster London’s status as a global economic center at the expense of local residents’ needs.

Würfel is an urban planner and photographer whose landscape and architectural photography explores place and the relationships humans have with their environment. Trained in Photography & Urban Cultures, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK, and at the University of Dortmund, Germany, she has exhibited in London at the Tate Modern and other venues, in Germany, and in Washington, D.C.

Curated by Gary Van Zante