Garden of Conciliation


Frustrated with the lack of conversation around digital works, Fraser Morrison instigated the ‘We Aren’t a Gallery’ project, evolved from a belief that, if Instagram is the visual language for architectural ideas and trends, there should be a way of using it to spark deeper engagement with bigger issues. He took his own living room and paired it with Instagram to create an exhibition in a physical space where anyone could see work submitted to an open call focused around the tagline ‘We Aren’t Sustainable’.

The brief asked contributors to respond through any medium in any way they saw fit. Within two weeks, Fraser had more than 50 submissions from as far afield as Brazil and Australia. The projects spoke of social infrastructures for minority ethnic groups, of new systems of living, of futures in which we find a way out of climate crisis, of hope. Read more about Fraser’s curatorial process and the reason he instigated the idea in his essay here.

Hamza Shaikh, West Bank

Vast quantities of material and resources have been spent maintaining the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea since the war. This monument for reunification is conceived as a symbol and focus for mediation, open to appropriation and use by citizens from both sides of the border. Its cost pales in comparison to the ongoing drain of maintaining the militarised border; a reconciliation strategy should be the cornerstone of a more sustainable approach.

Garden of Conciliation

See the other projects featured in ‘We Aren’t Sustainable’ below: