Delfina Foundation

Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency

An annual residency programme for UK artists and architects in Palestine

Delfina Foundation and Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency (DAAR) collaborate on residencies and public programming with artists and architects who critical spatial practices. 

Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency (Alessandro Petti, Sandi Hilal, Eyal Weizman) arose from a need to open up an ‘arena of speculation’ about the future of Palestine.   This architectural studio and art residency programme based in Beit Sahour, Palestine combines conceptual speculations and pragmatic spatial interventions, discourse and collective learning. DAAR explores possibilities for the reuse, subversion and profanation of actual structure of domination: from evacuated military bases to the transformation of refugee camps, from uncompleted governmental structures to the remains of destroyed villages.

Delfina Foundation and DAAR's collaborations have engaged artists and architects whose work involves critical spatial practice to carry out independent research and/or interventions. The residencies have been structured around the following working methodologies: discussions, publications, exhibitions, seminar/lecture series, collaborative work and site visits. 

In 2010, researcher Lorenzo Pezzani undertook a residency in Palestine with the outcomes of this residency being showcased as part of a series of events, in partnership with Tate Modern.

In 2011, filmmaker Cressida Kocienski and architect Nishat Awan were selected for an eight-week residency from July 2011 at DAAR's studio.  The outcomes of their residency formed part of Common Assembly - Deterritorializing the Palestinian Parliament at Le Centre d’Art Neuchâtel, Switzerland (17 Sept to 28 Oct 2011) and Nottingham Contemporary (28 Jan to 15 Apr 2012). For images of the exhibition at Nottingham Contemporary, please click here.  

In 2014, Delfina Foundation hosted DAAR in London as part of a new project they are developing called Studio in Exile. DAAR also launched their first book Architecture after Revolution at an event co-hosted by Tate Modern with Ilan Pappe and Okwui Enwezor.


More reading:

Please click here to read about Nishat Awan's residency experience, published online in ArteEast's Winter 2012 Quarterly.   

Please click here to read Decolonizing Architecture, or, “How to inhabit your enemy’s house?”, by Lorenzo Pezzani, published in Contemporary Practices, Volume VII, 2010.