Michael Obrist [feld72] in conversation with Sandi Hilal [DAAR – Decolonizing Architecture Art Research] about "Learning from the Living Room: Architecture, Art, and Social Justice"
What role does the domestic sphere play in how life is lived in the public sphere? What can we learn from the power relations of the domestic sphere to propose more inclusive public spaces? Who is entitled to be a host, and who must remain a guest within public spaces? Can design, art, and space-making be used to subvert the power dynamic between hosts and guests? What role does storytelling play in the constructions of our ideas of home and place?
is an architect, artist and educator. She has developed a research and project-based artistic practice that is both theoretically ambitious and practically engaged in the struggle for justice and equality.
She is currently the Co-Director of DAAR, Decolonizing Architecture Art Research, an architectural and art collective that she co-founded in 2007 with Alessandro Petti and Eyal Weizman, in Beit Sahour, Palestine. – decolonizing.ps
– alongside of her position as Lise Meitner Visiting Professor at Lund University Dept of Architecture and the Built Environment.
In 2012 with Alessandro Petti she founded Campus in Camps, an experimental educational program in the Dheisheh refugee camp in Bethlehem. campusincamps.ps
Her latest publications, Refugee Heritage (Art and Theory, Stockholm 2021), a book-dossier that challenges dominant definitions of heritage and mainstream narratives, proposing exile instead as a radical perspective that can take us beyond the limitations of the nation-state, and Permanent Temporariness (Art and Theory, Stockholm 2019), is a book-catalog that accounts for 15 years of research and experimentation within and against the condition of Permanent Temporariness.