Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti
Based in Palestine, Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti have spent the last ten years developing their theoretically ambitious, practically engaged artistic practice focused on the struggle for justice and equality. In 2007, along with Eyal Weizman, they co-founded Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency (DAAR) in Beit Sahour, Palestine with the aim of combining an architectural studio with an art residency in order to bring together architects, artists, activists, urbanists, film-makers, and curators to work collectively on the subjects of politics and architecture. Campus in Camps, an experimental educational program founded in 2012 at Dheisheh Refugee Camp in Bethlehem, has offshoots in other Palestinian camps, as well as an interconnected consortium of universities around the world. Hilal and Petti co-authored, along with Eyal Weizman, the book Architecture after Revolution (Sternberg, Berlin 2014) as an invitation to rethink today’s struggles for justice and equality not only from the historical perspective of revolution but also from that of a continued struggle for decolonization. Their practice has been the recipient of the Keith Haring Fellowship in Art and Activism at Bard College, Loeb Fellowship Harvard University, Price Claus Prize for Architecture, Curry Stone Design Prize, the New School’s Vera List Center Prize for Art and Politics, Anni and Heinrich Sussmann Artist Award, the Chrnikov Prize as well as a Foundation for Art Initiatives grant.