Courtesy Decolonizing Architecture

Dates: 24 – 27 May 2010
Venue: Various

The Delfina Foundation and (Alessandro Petti, Sandi Hilal, Eyal Weizman) are pleased to present the Decolonizing Architecture programme of events, 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 explored some of the ideas that inform the work of Decolonizing Architecture and review case studies spanning the visual arts, architecture and film.



Elia Suleiman’s The Time That Remains.
Mon 24 May 2010, Tate Modern, Starr Auditorium, 18:30

Film introduced by curator and writer Rasha Salti, followed by a Q&A with Elia Suleiman, Eyal Weizman, Sandi Hilal of Moderated by Stuart Comer (Curator, Tate Modern).


Decolonizing Architecture
Tue 25 May 2010, Tate Modern Starr Auditorium, 18:30 – 21:00

With Alessandro Petti, Sandi Hilal, Eyal Weizman of, Rasha Salti, Lorenzo Pezzani and Abdoumaliq Simone (Goldsmiths University).
[Watch event recording]


Elastic Spaces
Thu 27 May 2010, The Delfina Foundation, 18:30 – 20:00

Lorenzo Pezzani explores the outcomes of his residency at and invited practitioners, researchers and the general audience to explore critical understandings of space.

In collaboration with

Tate Modern and Decolonizing Architecture