ONLINE BOOK SHARING
20/04 – 25/04/2020
Adapting to the current circumstances, the second generation of WHW Akademija students have been testing ways to enable the production and dissemination of knowledge focused on collectivity and imagination. As a part of the course, Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti / DAAR will be shifting their contribution to an online intensive called Permanent Temporariness. Since we are unable to organize the usual public event within the Evenings with WHW Akademija series, DAAR are publicly sharing online their latest book Permanent Temporariness, published in 2018 by Art and Theory as a gesture of support and solidarity with the students and other communities outside our program.
The artistic research of Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti is situated between politics,architecture, art and pedagogy. In their practice, art exhibitions are both sites of display and sites of action that spill over into other contexts: built architectural structures, the shaping of critical learning environments, interventions that challenge dominant collective narratives, the production of new political imaginations, the formation of civic spaces and the re-definition of concepts. Together, Hilal and Petti are co-directors of DAAR (Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency), an architectural studio that explores the reuse,subversion and profanation of actual structures of domination: from evacuated military bases to refugee camps, uncompleted governmental structures, or the remains of destroyed villages. In 2012, they initiated Campus in Camps, an experimental educational program hosted in Dheisheh Refugee Camp in Bethlehem, with the aims to overcome conventional educational structures by creating a space for critical and grounded knowledge production.