Dates: 30 July – 24 August 2010
Venue: Tent Gallery & Sleeper
Edinburgh College of Art

Delfina Foundation presents The Spacemakers, a group exhibition at Tent Gallery in Edinburgh that explores artistic perspectives on the immediate challenges of creating a home, in some of today’s most diverse and harried urban landscapes.

The planning and construction of a home articulates personal needs as well as the necessity to improve on one’s general living circumstances. Ideals of a secure home of bodily comfort, and the creation of borders to protect them, significantly inform our social and spatial existences. Notions of home as personal space and as political territory are undeniably intertwined, and in urban areas throughout the world, the relationship between one and the “other” is also informed by spatial organisation strategies, led by economic and political decisions.

How do architecture and urbanism inform social infrastructures and cohesion? How do personal desires for the materiality of a home intersect with wider socio-political agendas and ideologies in the formation of urban landscapes?

Taking Palestine as its starting point and spanning examples from Cairo, Istanbul, Tehran, Paris and the U.A.E., The Spacemakers offers a global measure of the immediate challenges of producing habitats in epicenters of social, economical or political tension.

The Spacemakers takes place across two venues (Edinburgh College of Art – Tent Gallery and Sleeper). It was is of a biennial series of events produced by Beyond Borders Productions Ltd.

Presenting: Taysir Batniji, (Alessandro Petti, Sandi Hilal, Eyal Weizman), and Jawad al Malhi

Films and videos by: Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen, Hala Elkoussy, Mounir Fatmi, Bouchra Khalili, Judy Price, Basma Sharif and Solmaz Shahbazi

Public Programme

Artist talk: Jawad al Malhi
Saturday 31 July, 12:00 – 13:00
Stills, 23 Cockburn Street
Exhibiting artist Jawad al Malhi discusses his work.

Artist talk: Taysir Batniji
Saturday 31 July, 13:30 – 14:30
Stills, 23 Cockburn Street
Exhibiting artist Taysir Batniji discusses his work

Performance: Tashweesh
Thursday 5th August, 16:00
Tent Gallery, Edinburgh College of Art
A performance-response to the themes of The Spacemakers exhibition, by Tashweesh (Basel Abbas, boikutt and Ruanne Abou-Rahme).
[Watch performance recording]

Exhibition Tour
Friday 6th August, 13:00
Tent Gallery, Edinburgh College of Art
An introduction of The Spacemakers with Curator Eva Langret, The Delfina Foundation

Screening: Nahed Awwad
Saturday 21 August, 16:45
Edinburgh Film House
Two films by award-winning director Nahed Awwad, The Fourth Room (2005) and 5 Minutes from Home (2008)

Elia Suleiman: The Time that Remains (2009)
Saturday 21 August, 18:30
Edinburgh Film Hous
A semi-biographical film by award-winning director Elia Suleiman