Public View was a research project and interactive installation piece exploring the sociology of toilet writing/ 'graffiti' or 'latrinalia' and its removal in a higher education institution in 2017. The piece was exhibited as part of Slippages, an exhibition co-curated by the Feminist Methods Masterclass at Goldsmiths, University of London. You can read the concept paper and fieldnotes that emerged from this project in our b(l)og.
This project aspires to be an online archive of toilet writing shared from around the world. In capturing these writings, or smudges where writings once were, we hope to surface conversations and voices which emerge on the boundaries between 'private' and 'public', often on the margins of institutions, interrupting the ubiquity of white sanitised walls, and all they have come to symbolise. The archive perhaps allows us to glimpse the ways in which what is underneath haunts the surface and vice versa.
If you would like to add your toilet graffiti photos from other spaces/institutions to the public view archive below, please send them as a jpeg to firstname.lastname@example.org