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Abandoning and Remaking Heritage in the Age of Planetary Decolonisation


25/11/21 7pm


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Can we abandon modern heritage to create new forms of collective intimacy and reshape political communities? DAAR – Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti, Emilio Distretti, Hammad Nasar and Catalina Ortiz seeks to imagine and practice other modes of heritage making beyond the sphere of the nation state. They consider how to encompass diverse experiences of modern violence, and move away from unhelpful humanitarian views of a heritage of victim-hood which dehistoricises and depoliticises the political violence.

DAAR – Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti – is an architectural collective that combines conceptual speculations and pragmatic spatial interventions, discourse and collective learning. The artistic research of Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti are situated between politics, architecture, art and pedagogy. More about DAAR

Emilio Distretti is a researcher and an educator, living between London and Basel. Previously, he was research fellow at the Kenyon Institute (Council for British Research in the Levant) in East Jerusalem and the Director of the Urban Studies and Spatial Practices program at Al Quds Bard College for Arts and Sciences, in Abu Dis in Palestine. More about Emilio Distretti

Hammad Nasar is a curator, writer and strategic advisor. He is co-curator (with Irene Aristizábal) of British Art Show 9, and Lead Curator at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum during Coventry’s City of Culture programme. He is also Principal Research Fellow at UAL’s Decolonising Arts Institute where he is developing the Curating Nation project, and Senior Research Fellow at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. More about Hammad Nasar

Catalina Ortiz is a Colombian urbanist. She is interested in decolonial and critical urban theory to study the politics of southern urbanisms and uses critical pedagogies and co-design methodologies as an avenue to foster spatial-racial-epistemic justice. She is Associate Professor and co-Programme Leader of the MSc Building and Urban Design in Development, University College London. More about Catalina Ortiz



1. Photo by Sara Pellegrini, 2021. Courtesy of Emilio Distretti.
2: Courtesy of Catalina Ortiz
3: Portrait Catalina Ortiz.


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