Michael Landy: Bin it for Britain

Michael Landy, Appropriation 2, 1990. Photo: Stuart Whipps
Michael Landy, Appropriation 2, 1990. Photo: Stuart Whipps


In Bin it for Britain artist Michael Landy will talk about the ways in which ideas of value, usefulness, productivity and labour have been central to his practice, beginning with his participation in the seminal 1988 YBA exhibition , through to his current work.

Landy’s conceptually and politically charged work varies from epic performances to meticulous drawings and collages and often involves finding new potential for objects with specific personal or cultural connotations. From his early investigation of the rhythms of market stall displays in the 1990’s, to his monumental installation in 2001, in which he systematically destroyed all of his possessions in a former department store, his work explores the everyday ways in which capitalism shapes our lives and identities.

Recent projects and exhibitions include: Galerie Sabine Knust, Munich, Germany, 2015; Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso, Mexico City, Mexico, 2014; Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, UK, 2013; Art on the Underground, London, UK; National Portrait Gallery, London, UK, both 2011; and South London Gallery, London, UK, 2010.

Exhibiting Artists


Michael Landy, Appropriation 2, and Stack VIII, both 1990. Photo: Stuart Whipps
Michael Landy: Bin it for Britian