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Decolonizing Architecture/Art Residency, Common Assembly, 2011–12, plywood, steel, aluminum, nylon cable, video. Installation view.

“Decolonizing Architecture/Art Residency”

Decolonizing Architecture/Art Residency, Common Assembly, 2011–12, plywood, steel, aluminum, nylon cable, video. Installation view.

WHAT WOULD AN ARCHITECTURE of decolonization look like? And how might it shift the terms of debate in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? These are among the ambitious questions addressed by the Decolonizing Architecture/Art Residency, an art and architecture collective based in Beit Sahour, a town outside Bethlehem. The group—which now has dozens of collaborators, varying from project to project—was founded in 2007 by Sandi Hilal, Alessandro Petti, and Eyal Weizman, all of whom operate in the nexus of architecture, theory, and political representation. Strategic and utopian at once, DAAR speaks of decolonization as implying “the dismantling of the existing dominant structure—financial, military and legal—conceived for the benefit of a single group.” To this end, the group deploys an expansive architectural imagination as a critical and transformative force

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