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Sheena Hoszko, Toronto Immigration Holding Centre (total perimeter: 1164 feet), 2015. Photo by Paul Litherland


Tings Chak, Sheena Hoszko

Main Gallery

January 23 – March 14, 2015

Essay by:

Artist talks 5-6pm on Friday January 23rd, with the opening reception following the talks.

When compared to other countries in the Western world, migrant detention in Canada is unique. Notoriously, Canada does not follow recognized international human rights norms for migrant detainees; for example, in addition to the three immigration detention centres that exist in the country currently, Canada uses maximum security prisons to hold detainees for ‘administrative’ purposes. There is currently no independent monitoring of conditions inside of detention centres (in which Canada also incarcerates children) or over the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), Canada’s immigration enforcement body. The work of Tings Chak and Sheena Hoszko responds to this egregious denial of justice and dignity. Their works not only attempt to make visible an often invisible migrant prison population, but also locate and formulate the hidden spaces in which violence is inflicted on the bodies of migrants in Canada.


Tings Chak is a multidisciplinary artist and architect whose work draws inspiration from anti-colonial, migrant justice, prison abolition, and spatial justice struggles. She is an organizer with No One Is Illegal – Toronto and the End Immigration Detention Network. She received her Master of Architecture from the University of Toronto where she was awarded the Kuwabara-Jackman Thesis Gold Medal for her research on immigration detention centres in Canada. This work was published as a graphic novel, Undocumented: The Architecture of Migrant Detention (The Architecture Observer 2014).

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