THE ETHICS OF ARCHITECTURE
CONFRONTING HISTORY BEHIND THE BROWN UNIVERSITY HALL
This drawing series is about the history of Brown University Hall, especially about the involvement of slavery in its construction. Focusing on the architecture itself, the series tries to trace the remains of the history within the building and space around. Some drawings from the series involve etchings of the building, which give them their own voice by translating the texture of history. Some involve photo collage of the articles published by Brown University proving the use of slavery in the building’s construction. Through the repetitive nature of the series, this project aims to start an important conversation by first acknowledging what has happened and what is true. Brown University Hall can never be a neutral space, and space itself speaks for its own history. And this history deserves to be acknowledged and understood by our students, local communities, and beyond.
Charcoal on paper, Photo Collage