ArteEast, in partnership with Asia Contemporary Art Week (ACAW) and Columbia University’s Center for Palestinian Studies and Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, presents Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency: A conversation on the intersections of art, architecture, and pedagogy with Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti. The two discuss their experiences working with refugees and exploring ways of creating, in their words, “different social, political and spatial relationships between people, state and territory beyond the liberal notion of citizenship.”
Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti’s theory and practice moves between art, architecture and pedagogy. They are founding members and co-directors of DAAR, an architectural office and artistic residency program that combines conceptual speculations and architectural interventions (www.decolonizing.ps). Alongside art and architectural practice, Petti and Hilal are engaged in critical pedagogy. They are the founders of Campus in Camps, an experimental educational program hosted in Dheisheh refugee camp in Bethlehem (www.campusincamps.ps).
Petti and Hilal co-authored the book Architecture after Revolution(Sternberg, Berlin 2014) with Eyal Weizman, an invitation to rethink today’s struggles for justice and equality not only from the historical perspective of revolution, but also from that of a continued struggle for decolonisation. Petti has written on the emerging spatial order dictated by the paradigm of security and control in Archipelagos and Enclaves (Bruno Mondadori, Milan 2007).
Their artist practice has received the following awards and grants: Price Claus Prize for Architecture, shortlisted for Visible Award, the Curry Stone Design Price, the New School’s Vera List Center Prize for Art and Politics, the Anni and Heinrich Sussmann Artist Award, the Chrnikov Prize and recipient of the Foundation for Art Initiatives grant. They are also recipients of the Keith Haring Fellowship in Art and Activism at Bard College (2016-17.)
Generously co-sponsored by Columbia University’s Center for Palestine Studies and the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.