Temporary Works - COVID-19 Update is an open access digital archive of real, imagined and potential closures and notices of termination in and around Deptford.
This is a project about the local response to a global crisis, about how communities respond to emergencies, and how states of emergencies are marshalled. It investigates how crises are experienced, and how they might link to histories and potential futures of Deptford, including its colonial and migration history, its redevelopment, and other local resonances of national and international politics. The project maps what has changed and what has been lost (from local businesses to access to healthcare to community support) and for whom.
Temporary Works is a project by Diana Damian-Martin and Bojana Janković, two immigrant writers based in Hackney. From this imposed distance, Temporary Works also experiments with remote participation.
Diana and Bojana work together as Critical Interruptions, a Serbo-Romanian immigrant cooperative. Collectively, they talk, perform, write and think about migration, borders, internationalism and Eastern European identities and diasporic cultures.