Delfina Foundation

Exhibition: The Spacemakers - Edinburgh Art Festival

30/07/10 — 24/08/10

Edinburgh College of Art (Tent Gallery), Art Space & Nature Edinburgh College of Art, Evolution House, 78 Westport, Edinburgh EH1 2LE and at Sleeper, 6 Darnaway Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6BG

With Taysir Batniji, decolonizing.ps (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.

Delfina Foundation presented The Spacemakers, a group exhibition that explored 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 offered a global measure of the immediate challenges of producing habitats in epicenters of social, economical or political tension.

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

For a review by BBC Arabic, please click here.

RELATED EVENTS

Jawad al Malhi – Artist talk at Stills
Saturday 31 July, 12:00 – 13:00
Exhibiting artist Jawad al Malhi discussed his work.
Stills, 23 Cockburn Street,
Edinburgh
Scotland
EH1 1BP, www.stills.org, tel:  0131 622 6200

Taysir Batniji – Artist talk at Stills
Saturday 31 July, 13:30 – 14:30
Exhibiting artist Taysir Batniji discussed his work
Stills, 23 Cockburn Street,
 Edinburgh
Scotland
EH1 1BP, www.still.org, tel:  0131 622 6200

Tashweesh – Performance
Thursday 5th August, 16:00
A performance-response to the themes of The Spacemakers exhibition, by Tashweesh (Basel Abbas, boikutt and Ruanne Abou-Rahme). 
Tent Gallery, Edinburgh College of Art, Art Space & Nature Edinburgh College of Art, Evolution House, 78 Westport, Edinburgh EH1 2LE 

Exhibition Tour
Friday 6th August, 13:00 
An introduction of The Spacemakers with Curator Eva Langret, The Delfina Foundation.
Tent Gallery, Art Space & Nature Edinburgh College of Art, Evolution House, 78 Westport, Edinburgh EH1 2LE

Nahed Awwad – The Fourth Room (2005) and 5 Minutes from Home (2008)
Saturday 21 August, 16:45 
Two films by award-winning director Nahed Awwad
£6.90/£5.20 concessions, book directly with Edinburgh Filmhouse: 0131 228 2688 
Edinburgh Film House, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9BZ

Elia Suleiman – The Time that Remains (2009)
Saturday 21 August, 18:30
A semi-biographical film by award-winning director Elia Suleiman
£6.90/£5.20 concessions
Edinburgh Film House, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9BZ