As part of the core programme, /other is a research and design project by GSA People of Colour Collective profiling people of colour working in Architecture. Through interviews and exhibiting pieces of work, /other aims to deconstruct prevailing systems, highlighting common struggles and misconceptions of people of colour and giving them a platform to voice their opinions and experiences.
Culture and Imperialism in our globalised, post-colonial world, the people of colour struggle has become something intricate and multi-layered, its inherent paradox being the efforts to break free of social hierarchies it needs to participate in to be heard. In Real Life, people of colour have to face a society in the UK which is intrinsically racist, operating on systems and institutions that either totally disregard diversity and inclusivity, or take it at a surface level. In Real Life, architecture in the UK is not a divers profession, with an estimated 6% of Architects identifying as people of colour- around half of the proportion of the UK population. Our exhibition is an invitation to sit by an everyday architectural object, the table, deconstructed and multiplied to reflect the young voices of some of architecture’s few people of colour, shedding light on the stories of /other.
Part of the Architecture Fringe 2019. View the full programme here.