Sight Unseen coincided with the publication of Rachel Lichtenstein’s book Diamond Street: the Hidden World of Hatton Garden (Hamish Hamilton).
Hatton Garden is one of the most secret streets in England, home to a deeply private working community of diamond and jewellery dealers, brokers and makers. Long connected to the area through family ties, artist and writer Rachel Lichtenstein undertakes an exploration of Hatton Garden, with its ancient priories, diamond workshops, underground vaults and subterranean rivers.
In Sight Unseen, a site-specific installation, Rachel Lichtenstein distilled her research experience to re-imagine materials and artefacts. Velvet, gold, water and found objects formed a multi-layered homage to the craftspeople who operate in the Hatton Garden area: that secret ‘fold in the map’.
SPECIAL EVENT: 31 May: Rachel Lichtenstein in conversation with Iain Sinclair discussing Clerkenwell, Farringdon and the mysteries of Hatton Garden.