Embassy for Refugees Pavilion, South Bank, June 2013
Natasha has been commissioned to create a pavilion of her project, The Embassy for Refugees, for the Celebrating Sanctuary festival.
The temporary space will host talks, exhibitions and visual arts, fulfilling the premise of her theoretical project, which is to claim a territory for those who seek refuge in our city.
Artist Residency at The Albert
Natasha has been selected to be a resident artist at THE ALBERT, a meanwhile project that provides space for experimental projects and community well-being. She is currently moving into the new studios (Dec 2012)
no man’s land,
A one-off live art performance event across 10 Underground stations and the disused Waterloo Eurostar Terminal simultaneously
Remembrance Sunday morning 11th November 2012
new sculpture created for no man’s land at Waterloo International Eurostar
An experimental art installation reusing the
Olympic Stadium wrap
As part of Celebration: The Big Picture, at Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery, Hackney Wick.
4th – 28th October 2012
Kurt Schwitters DIY Summer School, Merz Barn
Reconnecting art and the experiences of cultural displacement; architecture without right angles.”
This year the KSDIY Summer School will focus on, (i) new approaches to sustainable rural crafts, design and architecture and, (ii) art, craft and architecture projects that address issues of cultural displacement and diversity in rural England; (iii) researching Kurt Schwitters, cultural displacement and the Entartete Kunst, and the role of photographers documenting the narratives of farm barns and marginal farming communities, new work with refugees and asylum seekers in rural England.
Architecture, Refuge and Sanctuary Workshop:
Concepts for a new Refugee Art Museum
16th-22nd July 2012
As part of a variety of different workshops and events during the week, Natasha will be holding a week-long research and development workshop to create a site-specific 1:1 experimental installations responding to and investigating the themes of Home, Exile & Cultural Displacement and Architecture, Refuge and Sanctuary. The end results will form a body of prototype research which will be drawn upon to inform the design of a future new Refugee Art Museum at the Merz Barn site.
The Embassy for Refugees
The Embassy for Refugees investigates whether the typology of the embassy can be reinterpreted in order to give ambassadorial status to a political issue and group of people rather than a country.
It asks whether diplomacy can be employed for the marginalised rather than the powerful? Representation for the misrepresented?
It is a conceptual investigation into how architecture and design mediates relations between people and places as the project aims to catalyse new dialogues between different, normally divergent groups and organizations. It also questions whether diplomatic engagement of an issue is possible through design. In summary, The Embassy for Refugees is a theoretical proposition, at once an investigation, a reflection and a provocation of the status quo.
Counterpoint Exhibition, Platforma
Rochelle School, Shoreditch, London.
Natasha’s “Embassy for Refugees” project was selected to be part of an exhibition which was held as part of the Platforma Festival , a multidisciplinary event of work by and about refugees.
The title of the event was “Counterpoint” and proposals were chosen which responded to, reflected or unpicked this concept in exciting and challenging ways.
The intention of Counterpoint is to explore Edward Said’s idea that through their simultaneous awareness of different realities, exiles, refugees and migrants can create a uniquely plural vision of society, questioning the notions of objective reality and suggesting new ways forward.