The James Gallery
365 Fifth Avenue, 212-817-2005
March 14 - June 2, 2012
Reception: Wednesday, March 14, 6 - 8 PM
How might the infrastructure of colonial occupation be subverted, reused, recycled, or productively profaned? Although civilization has “re-occupied” terrain and buildings for millennia, finding new a means for planning for the future of contested sites is of urgent contemporary concern. The James Gallery will present the work of Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency, a design group and residency program founded by Eyal Weizman, Sandi Hilal, and Alessandro Petti in Beit Sahour, Palestine, that conducts research, collective learning and public meetings, and makes critical design from its research on existing architecture and infrastructure. Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency’s projects articulate the potential of architecture to open an “arena of speculation” that incorporates varied cultural aesthetic and political perspectives. Their projects, whether in the form of large or small-scale models, video, maps, photographs, interviews, or discussions have been exhibited at Nottingham Contemporary (2012); Neuchâtel, Switzerland (2011); Red Cat, LA (2010); NGBK, Berlin (2010); the Istanbul Biennale (2009). The group was awarded the Prince Claus Prize for Architecture in 2010.