1 HOUSE = 1000 HOMES

This initiative of TAO aims to source funds through the 1house=1000 homes project to develop two model housing options that is on-site and in-city in Navotas: water houses (houses-on-stilts over water) and a resettlement site in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan: garden homes (houses-on-stilts over land with an integrated livelihood component to facilitate sustainability).

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This Spring Performance Space presents 1 House = 1000 Homes a new art and architecture project that proposes the speculative financial redistribution of an Australian home. Led by artist and undergraduate architect Mathieu Gallois and graduate architects Caz Comino and Vesna Trobec this concept-driven exhibition will inhabit the expansive foyer space of Sydney’s iconic CarriageWorks from 23 October –14 November.

1 House = 1000 Homes proposes a seemingly simple premise: petition Australian property owners to donate a house, the funds from the sale of this house will then be distributed to provide amenities, shelter, building technology and training to some of the world’s poorest countries for hundreds of individuals and families. Project artist and fundraising organiser Mat Gallois explains that:

“1 House = 1000 Homes contrasts the exponential growth of Australia’s metropolitan property market over the last 20 years against a continued need for basic shelter and amenities in some of the world’s poorest countries”.

On 29 September 2009, tropical storm Ketsana ravaged Manila killing over 250 people. The women-led Technical Assistance Organisation (TAO), represented in the 1 House = 1000 Homes exhibition has been fighting to secure tenure and safe-housing for residents of flood-stricken, slum areas of Manila since 1992.

1 House = 1000 Homes brings the work of TAO and six other international non-government organisations that are running community-based housing projects to Sydney audiences. These seven community organisations – from Ghana, Philippines, Peru, Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Namibia and Sri Lanka – have been invited to submit a proposal addressing how they could utilise the money from the sale of a single Australian home or homes within their communities.

For the exhibition at Performance Space Gallois, Comino and Trobec are showing the seven international proposals in an installation that will include large-scale sculpture, photographs, banners, painting, video and animation. The exhibition marks the beginning of a fundraising drive by Gallois, Comino and Trobec who are working with not-for-profit global organisation Habitat For Humanity towards the project’s ultimate goal of securing AUD $1,000,000.

For more information, donation and to get involved visit: www.1house1000homes.com

Artists: Mathieu Gallois, Caz Comino and Vesna Trobec (NSW) Participating Organisations include:TAO (The Philippines), Openspace (Thailand), Namibian Action Group (Namibia)

Project Supported by: Habitat For Humanity, The Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council, Real Estate Institute for NSW, WDA Campaign Track and VFX. The Visual Arts program of Performance Space is supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian State and Territory Governments, The Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and the NSW Government through Arts NSW.






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