DAAR, Sandi Hilal & Alessandro Petti, On Stateless Heritage at the Venice Biennale

 

 

 

On the occasion of the 17th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice Biennale, (22 May to 21 November 2021), the Stockholm-based, artist and architectural collective DAAR – Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti, will present a new installation in the Central Pavilion in the Giardini entitled Stateless Heritage. The intervention is part of the ongoing body of work that challenges dominant western conceptions of heritage. Accompanying the art installation is a book nomination dossier which attempts to deactivate the claims of objectivity and universalism contained in the conventions followed by UNESCO in determining World Heritage status; the book presents different narratives that do not fit within such statist discourse, reorienting heritage towards non-hegemonic forms of life and collective memory.

 

 

 

This book-dossier attempts to deactivate the claims of objectivity and universalism contained in the conventions followed by UNESCO in determining World Heritage status; it presents different narratives that do not fit within such statist discourse, reorienting heritage towards non-hegemonic forms of life and collective memory. By reusing, misusing and redirecting UNESCO World Heritage guidelines and criteria, Refugee Heritage challenges definitions of heritage and their colonial foundations, asking instead how architecture is mobilized as an agent of political transformation.

Refugee Heritage is comprised of the first four parts of the Annex 5 UNESCO nomination dossier for the inscription of Dheisheh Refugee Camp as a World Heritage Site, and an Appendix containing architectural interventions, conversations and responses, produced over the course of the last six years with the participation of organizations and individuals, politicians and conservation experts, activists, and governmental and non-governmental representatives. The publication of this book has been made possible with the generous support of the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm; Iaspis, the Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Programme for Visual Artists; Van Abbemuseum; Art Jameel in Dubai. The book was presented on the occasion of the 17th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, 2021.

Authors: Sandi Hilal, Alessandro Petti
Photographic documentaion: Luca Capuano
Texts by: Suad Amiry, Foad Al-Laham, Muhammad Khalil Al-Laham, Khaldun Bishara, Ilana Feldman, Sari Hanafi, Ismae’l Sheikh Hassan, Osama Jafari, Thomas Keenan, Elias Khoury, Jorge Otero-Pailos, Paul B. Preciado, Nasser Ramadan, Rasha Salti, Jad Tabet, Pelin Tan, Eyal Weizman
Design by: Matthew Ashton and Mauro Bubbico with assistance from Fabio Bacchini, Giacomo Dal Prà, Alessandro Latela, Luca Longobardi
2021, English, Arabic, softcover
328 pages, 22 x 30 cm
ISBN 9789198606591    

 

Link to Daar website

SITE Zones book conversation with DAAR: Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti

 

 

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