Delfina Foundation and Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency (Alessandro Petti, Sandi Hilal, Eyal Weizman) presented a programme of events on Decolonizing Architecture, in collaboration with Tate Modern.
Edifices built and used under colonial rule carry the ideologies and power relations, which informed their construction and use. In Bethlehem, Algiers, Johannesburg or Berlin, de-colonizing the architecture of a liberated landscape is necessary to re-envision collective identities based on new geo-political terms. This process encourages both, imaginative and practical planning about the areas that already have or will be released from direct colonial control, opens up an ‘arena of speculation’ about the future of these sites and the people who inhabit them. How can the architecture of domination be reused, recycled or re-inhabited by those it dominated? What are the processes involved in planning and implementing the decolonisation of a site? How can one inhabit the house of one’s enemy?
This residency programme and series of events will explore some of the ideas that inform the work of Decolonizing Architecture and review case studies spanning the visual arts, architecture and film.