Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency: Sandi Hilal

Sat, Oct 22, 2016    4pm

Columbia GSAPP and Studio-X Amman are pleased to co-present with ArteEast, Asia Contemporary Art Week (ACAW), and the Center for Palestine Studies a conversation with Sandi Hilal on the intersections of art, architecture, and pedagogy. The two will discuss their experiences working with refugees and exploring ways of creating “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 Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency (DAAR), an architectural office and artistic residency program that combines conceptual speculations and architectural interventions. 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.

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 decolonization. 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.

This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended. To RSVP, please email Sihem Mellah at

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