the river has two banks presents traveling artist talk by sandi hilal "Campus on Camps"

November 27, 2012 - 21:00

Sandi’s presentation will give an over view of “Campus in Camps”, an experimental educational program that aims to explore and produce new form of representation of camps and refugees beyond the static and traditional symbols of victimization, passivity and poverty. This initiative stems from the recognition that refugee camps in the West Bank are in a process of a historical political, social and spatial transformation.

Despite adverse political and social conditions Palestinian refugee camps have developed a relatively autonomous and independent social and political space: no longer a simple recipient of humanitarian intervention but rather as an active political subject. The camp becomes a site of social invention and suggests new political and spatial configurations.

Sandi Hilal is an architect based in Bethlehem. She is consultant with the UNRWA on the camp improvement program and visiting professor at Al-Quds/Bard University in Abu Dis-Jerusalem. She is a founding member of Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency  (DAAR).