Biography

Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti are both architects and Co- Directors of Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency, an architectural o ce and an artistic residency programme that combines conceptual speculations and architectural interventions. Their work has been shown in various exhibitions around the world, including the Venice Biennale, Sharjah Biennial, Istanbul Biennial, Asian Art Biennial, Taiwan, Chicago Architectural Biennial, The James Gallery CUNY, New York, The Johnson Museum Cornell University, Nottingham Contemporary, Gallery of Modern Art, Australia, Centre Pompidou, Paris and Red Cat Los Angeles. They co-authored Architecture after Revolution (Sternberg, 2014) 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. DAAR was awarded the Prince Claus Prize for Architecture and nominated for Iakov Chernikhov International Prize. Alongside research and practice, Hilal and Petti are the founding members of Campus in Camps, an experimental educational programme hosted in Dheisheh refugee camp, Bethlehem. Campus in Camps is an educational programme that activates critical learning and egalitarian environments in Palestinian refugee camps in order to overcome decades of social exclusion, political subjugation and apathy. By bringing the ’island of knowledge’ (the university campus) into the ’island of exclusion’ (the camp) it aims to activate di erent forms of knowledge production engaged with lived experiences and connected to communities. Hilal and Petti were nominated for the Curry Stone Design Prize, the New School’s Vera List Center Prize for Art and Politics, the Visible Award, the Anni and Heinrich Sussmann Artist Award.

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