This two day public hearing presented two sonic portraits produced and recorded by Luke de Noronha and two individuals - Chris and Denico - who moved to the UK as children and were deported to Jamaica as adults, following interaction with the criminal justice system. These portraits - ‘the Deportation Discs’ - were presented alongside a wall of texts; extracts from the legal and policy frameworks of the United Kingdom, guidelines governing the ‘coming home’ or ‘taking back’ of individuals, and reflections on legal and media representations of place, identity, home and belonging.
The situating of this work within the Bartlett, a school of the Built Environment, was a purposive move; on the one hand, a critique of the encroachment of border enforcement into academic spaces, and on the other, an acknowledgement that racist, hostile policies are constructions in and of themselves. This work suggests that the project of dreaming up future worlds should be as much about dismantling oppressive constructions, as creatively building alternative, inclusive futures.
Deportation discs: a public hearing was open to the public on the 15th and 16th of November, 9am - 9pm, The Bartlett School of Architecture, 22 Gordon Street WC1H 0QB (first floor landing). Read Allan Struther’s review of the exhibition on RS21.
Luke is a researcher and writer working on deportation, racism and immigration control. He recently completed his PhD in anthropology at the University of Oxford (COMPAS) and has been teaching at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is the Sociological Review Fellow at Keele University for 2018/19, and is writing a book provisionally titled ‘Deporting Black Britons: Portraits of Deportation to Jamaica’.