Remnants of a Separation


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.

Tom Gardner, Syria

This project envisages a post-war Aleppo and imagines the needs of Syrians returning home to a city once rich with heritage and culture but ravaged by corruption, bombing and chaos. It proposes a caravanserai, a place that references the city’s history and architectural traditions while providing the facilities required to kickstart the rebuilding of communities and help Syrians to make the transition to a permanent home. The project incorporates traditional markets, leisure activities and public gardens made from the ruins.

Remnants of a Separation

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

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