In Silence (2011-2020)

Dennis Severs House, Roelof Bakker, Spitalfields, Dennis Severs, Brian Selznick, David Milne

 

Dennis Severs was an artist (1948-1999) who used his house in Spitalfields, London, like a book. Each room is an art installation created as a ‘still life drama’, like a chapter in a historical novel or like a still life painting. Visitors experience the house in silence and travel through history from Huguenot to Victorian London. Sound and smell are part of the experience, entering a room gives the impression the inhabitants have just left it.

Bakker met Severs several times in the 1990s and over the years has photographed aspects of the house working with curator David Milne. A photograph of the dining room at Dennis Severs House is included in The Marvels by Brian Selznick (Scholastic Press, 2015).

www.dennissevershouse.co.uk

Dennis Severs House: The Annual Christmas Installation, video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sB2GZWJWSsI


Dennis Severs House, Roelof Bakker, Spitalfields, Dennis Severs, Brian Selznick, David Milne

Dennis Severs House, Roelof Bakker, Spitalfields, Dennis Severs, Brian Selznick, David Milne

Dennis Severs House, Roelof Bakker, Spitalfields, Dennis Severs, Brian Selznick, David Milne

Dennis Severs House, Roelof Bakker, Spitalfields, Dennis Severs, Brian Selznick, David Milne

Dennis Severs House, Roelof Bakker, Spitalfields, Dennis Severs, Brian Selznick, David Milne

Dennis Severs House, Roelof Bakker, Spitalfields, Dennis Severs, Brian Selznick, David Milne

Dennis Severs House, Roelof Bakker, Spitalfields, Dennis Severs, Brian Selznick, David Milne

Dennis Severs House, Roelof Bakker, Spitalfields, Dennis Severs, Brian Selznick, David Milne

Dennis Severs House, Roelof Bakker, Spitalfields, Dennis Severs, Brian Selznick, David Milne

Dennis Severs House, Roelof Bakker, Spitalfields, Dennis Severs, Brian Selznick, David Milne

Dennis Severs House, Roelof Bakker, Spitalfields, Dennis Severs, Brian Selznick, David Milne

Dennis Severs House Roelof Bakker

Dennis Severs House Roelof Bakker

Dennis Severs House Roelof Bakker

Dennis Severs House Roelof Bakker

Dennis Severs House Roelof Bakker