Can We Be Here?
With Design Justice Seattle
Exhibited at Seattle Design Festival Block Party, Seattle, WA; 2017 and in “Growing Equitably Together;” Gould Gallery, University of Washington College of Built Environments, Seattle, WA; 2018
Materials: laser-cut acrylic panels, LED lights, reclaimed building materials
Can We Be Here? asks questions about who has the right to occupy public space—at what times, in what locations, in what ways. We aim to address the greater politics of being-in-space and the affordances that we are allowed by our everyday contexts.
The installation operated as an interactive program to broadcast different perspectives and gather additional narratives from participants reflecting on their experiences with urban houselessness. By addressing systematic oppression and civic shortcomings through graphic and spatial interruptions, we hope to help shape a continued opportunity for connection and conversation.