2. Dez, 20h „Undocumented: the Architecture of Migrant Detention“ with Tings Chak (Canada)
„Undocumented: the Architecture of Migrant Detention“ with Tings Chak
faq-infoladen, Jonasstrasse 40, 12053 Berlin
In the past six years, over 80,000 people have been jailed, without
charge or trial, with no end in sight. This includes children, who are
detained or are separated indefinitely from their caregivers. This is
the reality of immigration detention in Canada – a reality that is
violently invisibilized. Migrants are detained primarily because they
are undocumented. Likewise, these sites of detention bare little trace
—drawings and photos are classified; access is extremely limited. The
detention centres, too, are undocumented.
Undocumented: The Architecture of Migrant Detention documents the
banality and violence of the architecture in contrast to the stories of
daily resistance among immigration detainees. This book explores migrant
detention centres in Canada, the fastest growing incarceration sector in
North America’s prison industrial complex, and questions the role of
architectural design in the control and management of migrant bodies in
such spaces. Using the conventional architectural tools of
representation, we situate, spatialize, and confront the silenced voices
of those who are detained and the anonymous individuals who design
spaces of confinement.
The author of this book and zine series, Tings Chak, will give a
presentation of the book, talk a bit about the context of immigration in
Canada and detention, and read some parts from it.
Book website: http://www.undocumented.ca
Campaign website: http://www.endimmigrationdetention.com and
Facebook info: http://www.facebook.com/UndocumentedArchitecture
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tings Chak is a multidisciplinary artist trained in architectural design
whose work draws inspiration from anti-colonial, migrant justice, prison
abolition, and spatial justice struggles. She is an organizer with No
One Is Illegal – Toronto and the End Immigration Detention Network.