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News / The Artifacts of No-Place

The Artifacts of No-Place

The Downtown Cambridge BIA and the University of Waterloo’s School of Architecture have partnered to exhibit student work in a local business. Several pieces from Jessica Hanzelkova’s recent thesis project, The Artifacts of No-Place, will be on display in the window of Colour Dress Boutique located at 34 1/2 Ainslie Street North beginning May 3.

“This new partnership between the School and the BIA allows the School of Architecture a unique opportunity to showcase some of the creative and innovative work that takes place within our school every day,” says Julie Dring, Advancement Manager, Waterloo School of Architecture. “We hope to integrate voices from the School throughout Cambridge, by sharing the creativity of our school with the community in new and exciting ways”. 

Brian Kennedy, Executive Director of the Downtown Cambridge BIA is excited to see this brand-new partnership open for the spring season. “The School of Architecture is an integral part of the downtown and City. We are excited to have the opportunity to raise awareness of the remarkable work undertaken at the School of Architecture and share a glimpse of the creative talent being fostered there. Paired with our strategic digital marketing campaign, the exhibit will hopefully engage a wider audience for both partners and encourage people to visit downtown Cambridge.” 

Jessica Hanzelkova graduated from the School of Architecture in 2020 and now works at Vancouver-based architecture firm, Human Studio. The artifacts in the display were utilized to ‘disrupt identification and play with the boundaries of the body’, as Hanzelkova’s thesis abstract explains, “performances connect the thesis to a long history in cultural studies, critical theory, and feminism which interrogates the gaze between the subject and object”.

The School of Architecture and Downtown Cambridge BIA hope this display to be just the first of many such collaborations. Hanzelkova’s window display will be on view for the next three months. 

Photography by Alex Caucean


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