Ana Naomi de Sousa
Curator: Remm Fadda | Session: When You Take Something Apart
Palestinian architect Sandi Hilal explores the right to host in the far northern region of Norbotten, near the Arctic Circle, where Sweden now sends many refugees. How can simple acts of hospitality disrupt the dynamics of power between refugees and their host communities? A short film that explores not what has been left behind, but what new arrivals bring with them.
Sandi Hilal is an architect and researcher. She is the Director of DAAR, an architectural office and an artistic residency program that combines conceptual speculations and architectural interventions. DAAR was awarded the Price Claus Prize for Architecture, the Foundation for Arts initiative Grant, shortlisted for the Iakov Chernikhov Prize and showed in various biennales and museums around the world (www.decolonizing.ps). Alongside research and practice, Hilal is engaged in critical pedagogy, she is the founding member of Campus in Camps an experimental educational program in Dheisheh refugee camp Bethlehem (www.campusincamps.ps). She headed the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) Camp Improvement Program in the West Bank (2008-2014).
English, Swedish and Arabic (English Subtitles). Produced by: Black Leaf Films. Living Room Project is supported by Public Art Agency Sweden and AFAC. The documentary was produced within the framework of an art installation by Sandi Hilal (DAAR) presented and supported by ArkDes, Stockholm 2018.