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01.11.17 – Exhibition curated by Alumni Jennifer Davis & Su-Ying Lee highlights how migrant workers create community

How to Make Space, curated by Sessional Lecturer Jennifer Davis (MArch 2011) and Su-Ying Lee (MVS 2011), was recently profiled in Canadian Architect. The exhibition, which took place last summer, from June 25 to July 23 in Hong Kong, highlighted “the powerful way in which female migrant workers in Hong Kong, China, use temporary structures to create community.”

The show included work by Tings Chak (MArch 2014), as well as Stephanie Comilang and Devora Neumark — three artists whose “practices relate self-organization, space and place through feminist methods.”

As Ruth Jones writes for Canadian Architect:

As curator Jennifer Davis noted in a talk at Brooklyn’s Asia Art Archive in America in August, architects account for and accommodate users in the abstract when designing buildings and cities. But those same users are rarely seen as having an active role. Architecture stops when construction does. Yet without altering structures in any permanent way, MDWs in Hong Kong affect patterns of movement, program, ambience, and divisions between public and private in the spaces they occupy

Visit Canadian Architect’s website to read the full article.

Visit the website of Davis and Lee’s practice, Rear View (Projects), for more information about and images from the exhibition.