The graduation project The Hands That Feed You: Global Dependency and Design for the Third Space (THTFY) reflects on certain dynamics of a global dependency system. It maps the North-South divide. It points to flows of waste and surplus. It accounts for humanitarian “charity pornography”. Within this system, aid becomes trade, visual hierarchies are imposed and prejudice crystallizes into graphic codes, enhancing the gap between hemispheres. THTFY also tells stories of subsistence within the informal economies. It echoes on present day situations and constructs hypothetical scenarios of emancipation, of escape from the system. A world in which intuition and resourcefulness are core values in a revolutionary strive to reinvent mankind. A Third Space, where informality is acknowledged and self-reliance is pursued.
Special thanks to Rob Schröder, Beto Sitoe and Daniel van der Velden.