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Kaoru Alfonso - 212 (as part of Dream Home)

3 – 26 September 2010


The planning and design of the 212 unit Currong project in Braddon ACT, commenced in 1957. At eight stories it was the tallest building in Canberra and at the time was considered an innovative approach to meet the city’s changing housing needs.

In this exhibition, all 212 windows of the Currong flats have been photographed on an overcast Canberra day. Mounted on the gallery wall in grids, the arrangement of these images suggests the cold detachment of typology as much as they reflect the block’s original design. In doing so, Kaoru Alfonso makes a gently critical commentary on the well-intentioned social programs of previous generations..