BEYOND THE SURFACE: BRISBANE’S POLITICAL HOLES

BY JOANNE CHOUEIRI

The demolition of approximately 60 buildings under Premiere Sir Joh Bielke Petersen around Brisbane constituted a milestone in the fight towards the conservation of heritage buildings. These demolitions produced ‘political holes’ defined as physical and psychological holes created by a political hand. The physical hole is demonstrated by the disappearance of the building from the skyline and its map. The psychological hole is the affective experience of absence shared throughout the community. The aim of this project is to map out the physical holes and collect narratives of the history of these buildings. By doing so, the stories and memories of these spaces are unearthed and brought forth as part of the city’s architectural and social history.

WHERE

66 Hope Street, South Brisbane

WHEN

April 2020

THE ARTIST

Joanne Choueiri

Joanne Choueiri is an architect, researcher, and artist from Beirut, Lebanon. Her trans-disciplinary training allows her to work at the cross-section between art, architecture, and research. Her research focuses on possible speculative narratives of space, interiors, and the city. With her work, she has participated in several exhibitions in Milan, London and Rotterdam. Before moving to Australia, Joanne was a lecturer at the Lebanese American University of Beirut. Currently, she is a PhD candidate and instructor of architecture and interior design at Griffith University, Australia. 

Artist website: https://cargocollective.com/joannechoueiri

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project is supported by Griffith University.