The Bartlett School of Architecture


BREAK//LINE presents - Deportation Discs: a public hearing

15 November 2018–16 November 2018, 10:00 am–9:00 pm

Black and white photocopy of deportation papers with a blue cassette tape

Bartlett design research studio BREAK//LINE will be displaying sound and images related to deportation in a two-day exhibition called Deportation Discs: a public hearing.

Event Information

Open to



Thandiwe Loewenson and Miranda Critchley
020 3108 7337


The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment
22 Gordon Street
United Kingdom


This two day public hearing presents 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’ - are 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, is a deliberate choice; 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.


BREAK//LINE is a project by and for those who oppose the trespass of capital, the indifference towards inequality and the myriad frontiers of oppression present in architectural education and practice today. It is formed of a collective of Bartlett students, researchers and staff.

Additional events

  • Friday 16 November, 18:30 Level 1 Landing, 22 Gordon Street

Join us for a discussion with one of the contributors Luke de Noronha.

(Please note this event is free but you may bring cash donations for Chris and Denico)

This exhibition and event is free and open to all.

If you have any access requirements please let us know by sending us an email or calling 020 3108 7337.