Sharjah Biennial 10 artists Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency (DAAR) discuss their practice in a conversation with curator, critic and art historian Okwui Enwezor that was published in the 2011 Biennial’s catalogue. Founded in 2007 by architects Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti with Eyal Weizman, DAAR is an art and architecture collective and a residency programme based in Beit Sahour, Palestine. Its work combines discourse, education, collective learning, public meetings and legal challenges as a way to address the numerous spatial and social interventions needed in refugee camps and elsewhere in Palestine.
They have participated in numerous international exhibitions, including Sharjah Biennial 10 and 13 (2011 and 2017 respectively), and biennials in Venice, São Paulo and Istanbul, and have lectured internationally at March Meeting 2016, Sharjah Art Foundation; Columbia University, New York; Tate Modern, London; Global Art Forum, Dubai; Edward Said Memorial Lecture, University of Warwick, UK, among others. In 2010 they were awarded the Prince Claus Prize for Architecture.
Hilal and Petti founded Campus in Camps (2012) which was the subject of Hilal’s presentation at March Meeting 2016: Education, Engagement and Participation. 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.
Read the full conversation, which is published in the Sharjah Biennial 10 catalogue ‘Plot for a Biennial’, here.
The installation explores the thickness of the boundaries, and follows it along edges of villages and towns, across fields, orchards, roads, gardens, kindergartens, fences, terraces, homes, public buildings, a football stadium, a mosque and finally a large recently built castle.