Architect Catja de Haas, founder of the Giant Dolls’House Project, has teamed up with Oxfam on this exciting collaborative arts project as part of Refugee Week and the London Festival of Architecture.
The team travelled to Jordan where they spent four days working with Syrian refugees, who were each given a shoe box to work with - a blank space in which to recreate a special place, a memory, or tell their story to the exhibition visitors. Back in the UK, children, architects, designers, artists, asylum seekers and visitors to the museum are being set the same challenge in response to those from Za’atari.
The boxes will be displayed together, linked by ramps and ladders to create a giant dolls’ house. Each contribution has a story behind it: the volleyball field in Za’atari camp, the wedding dress or the simple bedroom view. This web of connected spaces and stories breaks down boundaries by showing that people are equally idiosyncratic with similar dreams and aspirations.
During special workshops, visitors will be encouraged to think with their hands by creating their own shoe box.
The Giant Dolls’House – Stand As One installation is part of Oxfam's Stand as One with Refugees campaign.