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Undocumented: The Architecture of Migrant Detention

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Using comics, interviews, and architectural sketches, 'Undocumented' explores a growing industry in an era of militarized borders, state surveillance, and criminalized migration. Originally released in 2014 to an architectural audience, this special edition from Ad Astra Comix features an updated afterword by Syed Hussan (No One Is Illegal, Toronto), as well as an intervie ...more
Paperback, 136 pages
Published June 15th 2017 by Ad Astra Comix (first published September 1st 2014)
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This book starts with illustrations of the outside of Migrant Detention Centres (prisons), then takes us through "processing" and the spaces that detainees are forced to inhabit, as well as their dehumanizing nature.

The stark, plain drawings more than serve their purpose in imparting both the information about the issue of migrant detention (and, for that matter, prisons), as well as giving the reader a sense of the disorienting and demoralizing aspects of the spaces.

The book finishes with an
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This graphic novel was something that made me consider how migration detention worked from an architectural standpoint, and how it can affect various facets of our lives, rather we are aware of it or not. There is so much I want to say about how it is inforative in such a simple way, that it, at least for me, made me question the importance of spaces, how we chose to construct them, and the consequences assfiated with these choices.

After having read The Cage by Vaughn-James, it was nice reading
Tings Chak uses interviews with architects and detained migrants, along with drawings and diagrams, to give the reader a sense of what migrant detention centers are like in North America. The result is an incredibly powerful testament to the invisible lives of those who are detained among us.
Markéta Barochová
how do we make the borders disappear?

Review by Daniel Tseghay

Immigration detention is Canada's fastest growing form of incarceration. Pending deportation, the Canadian governments puts migrants in immigration hold, separating them from their families, making adequate legal counsel inaccessible and subjecting them to constant lockdowns.
They're deemed flight risks and detained for overstaying their visas or permits, or for having their permanent or refugee status revoked.
Like failing to pay a
A. P. Łasewski

Shame on me for giving 2 stars only, but there isn't much bang for the bucks. Although I sympathize with Tings Chak, her analysis doesn't go beyond "uncomfortable places with CCTV" and "detainees are humans too" and "Adolf Eichmann-like architects". Not wrong, of course, but doesn't come as surprise either, given that prison life (of innocent) is even a popular movie and documentary genre whatever the clichés. Are facts sufficient, wit
Nonfiction/Architecture comics masterpiece. Ayesha Basit's review of the work at Antopode is well written. https://radicalantipode.files.wordpre...
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So glad to have finally had the chance to read this powerful graphical exploration of migrant detention in Canada. In lieu of a full review, check out the interview I did in April with the author.
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