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How We Live Now dives into the previously unseen archive of radical 1980s feminist architectural co-operative, Matrix.

An installation made up of films, photographs, drawings and architectural models will explore two important social questions – who are our buildings and shared spaces for and how do they affect us? Matrix particularly challenged the exclusion of certain groups due to gender, race and disability in the design and building process.

The exhibition will be accompanied by an experimental publication that combines reproductions of the Matrix archive materials with contemporary responses to key themes they explored. There will also be a series of online talks, workshops, film screenings and walking tours to delve deeper into the social questions associated with the exhibition.

This exhibition was supported by an Art Fund Small Project Grant.

ArchitectureFilm & videoLondonArt gallery

Barbican Art Gallery

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