Decolonizing Architecture

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Decolonizing Architecture

631 West 2nd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
December 7th, 2010 - February 6th, 2011
Opening: December 5th, 2010 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

downtown/east la
Tue-Sun 12-6 or Intermission


Opening talk: Eyal Weizman in conversation with Steve Fagin | 4:30pm

Decolonizing Architecture is a project initiated by Alessandro Petti, Sandi Hilal and Eyal Weizman in 2007. Set up as a studio/residency program in Beit Sahour, Bethlehem and recently re-established as the Decolonizing Architecture Institute (DAi), they engage spatial research and theory, taking the conflict over Palestine as their main case study. Decolonizing Architecture seeks to use spatial practice as a form of political intervention and narration. Their practice continuously engages a complex set of architectural problems centered around one of the most difficult dilemmas of political practice: how to act both propositionally and critically within an environment in which the political force field, as complex as it may be, is so dramatically skewed.

For REDCAT, Decolonizing Architecture will develop an exhibition--their first presentation in the U.S.—that builds on their work over the last few years, alongside current research projects. A program of lectures and presentations will be organized on the closing week of the exhibition. Check website for updates.

Decolonizing Architecture Institute was founded by Alessandro Petti, Sandi Hilal and Eyal Weizman in 2007. PETTI 
is the director of DAi and a research architect based in Bethlehem and is co-director of CAMP (Centre for Architecture Media and Politics) at the Bard/Al-Quds University in Abu Dis-Jerusalem. He curated Border Devices (2002-07), Uncertain States of Europe with the Milan-based studio multiplicity (2001-03) and Stateless Nation with Sandi Hilal (2002-07). HILAL 
works with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestinian refugees. She is visiting professor at the International Academy of Art Palestine and holds research doctorate in Trans-Border Policies for Daily Life at the University of Trieste. WEIZMAN is based in London where he is the director of Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Weizman works with a variety of NGOs and human right groups in Israel/Palestine. His books include Hollow Land, A Civilian Occupation, the series Territories 1, 2 and 3, and Yellow Rhythms. Decolonizing Architecture was originally conceptualized and its pilot stage produced in dialogue with Eloisa Haudenschild and Steve Fagin, partners in the haudenschildGarage, Spare Parts projects.

The exhibition is funded in part with generous support from the Nimoy Foundation, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, and the haudenschildGarage.