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I’m not sure I can design buildings in the language I was taught anymore.

Updated: Jun 23, 2019


Amdani Cell (Giclée print on paper, 2019)

The Amdani holding cell packs hundreds of prisoners in. They lie in patterns such as “ilish fish file”, knotting their bodies in ordered fashion.


I modelled the ilish file as architectural space.


I’m not sure I can design buildings in the language I was taught anymore. After everything that happened I find a different language emerging.


So many have disappeared and may never come out alive. They are in there. Others never made it to prison and have already died - extra judicial killings through 'crossfire'.


Form doesn’t interest me so much as matter and the spaces between matter.


I spoke to Shahidul about architecture, prison and light.


I showed him this photo of a patch of light on my wall that I track every day. He told me about a patch of light he still remembers from 60 years ago.


Shahidul tells his students: “in martial arts when you punch a wall, you imagine you are punching beyond the wall. Find a colour you’ve never seen before by burying into your oldest memory.”


My earliest recollection of architecture is emotion and light. Nothing more.


BEYOND WALL, pencil drawing and photo, 2019

ARC 004_01/POLYLINE 002, Giclée print on paper, 2019

ARC 004_03, Giclée print on paper, 2019

ARC 004_02, Giclée print on paper, 2019

ARC 004_04, Giclée print on paper, 2019

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