Project catalyst: As of 2012, The Shoreditch and Hackney south constituency has one of the highest child poverty rates in England.
The project is located above a Kebab shop and is situated between the Shoreditch High Street and Hackney road interchange, London. The structure is a small installation that functions as a series of after school activity spaces for children currently in child poverty. A recent survey I produced in the area lead me to understand that not many Shoreditch residents know about the current high child poverty rate, so the structure unveils a series of banners that ‘hang’ from the levels to project the ‘activist’ voice towards the Shoreditch residents.
Following her own constraints to their eventual ends, Shima’s drawings demonstrate the logically nonsensical character inherent to any set of drawings. Her traditional drafting techniques take full advantage of drawing’s status as an art object, meanwhile her subject matter taps into our modernist anxieties. It is unclear if these naturalized formations of mechanical pieces have been constructed or heaped; even what appear to be partial views of Fritz Kahn-like bodies provide no grounding figure or context to pull us outside of Shima’s playful ambiguity. The horizon fades to white before we find our way inside.