Michael Bears’s illustrations, cast in the vocabulary of graphic novels are a map of DAAR’s networks and origin of projects, recreating the complex web of formal and informal relations in which every project is embedded. DAAR’s nomadic artistic and architectural practice and mode of production stand in stark contrast with the surrounding political environment.
Bears’s narrative drawings depict a synthetic cartography and interpretation of lived experience, where even the organizing principle of vignettes is discarded to underscore DAAR’s organic, experimental approach. A human geography forms around every project, faces of architects, artists, researchers, activists, lawyers, colonizers, students, soldiers, politicians, shape consciously or unconsciously DAAR spatial interventions and political propositions.
This project was part of Sharjah Biennial 10
Photo by Plamen Galabov
Image courtesy of the Artist