Programm: Spatial design Exhibition
Location: Westergasfabriek Amsterdam
Unfair Spaces is the spacial design for the annual Unfair-event, an initiative that is both a traditional art fair and an art exhibition. It takes place in the Zuiveringshal, a large event space in the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam.
A number of walls, seemingly randomly positioned, divide the big hall into a non-hierarchical arrangement of empty spaces of various size. This composition lends the project a certain spatial, museum-like quality that allows visitors to determine their own route through the exhibition.
Varying in thickness, the walls are positioned at different angles and also differ in permeability, increasing the uniqueness of each room. At the same time, these walls structure the exhibition, because recognizable elements of this kind guide visitors.
The thickest of the walls contains a hidden passageway that extends the full length of the hall. This wall forms a backbone that extends through the entire exhibition and lets visitors experience the full length of the hall.
The various types of opening in the walls create spatial continuity throughout the whole exhibition. Despite the familiarity, each space is unique, and each artist clearly occupies their own place within this spatial constellation.