Middle East Studies

Mellon Sawyer Seminar on Displacement | Displacement and Creative Activism

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

4:00pm – 6:30pm

Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute

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Displacement has been a structuring force impacting the work of creative practitioners around the globe throughout the modern period. As a prominent factor shaping forms of subjectivity, power relations of inclusion and exclusion, and institutions of state authority and industrial and creative production, displacement has served as a site of resistance for artists, architects, and other creative practitioners while simultaneously molding the frameworks and institutions through which they seek to engage the world.

This fifth seminar in the Displacement and the Making of the Modern World series seeks to bring together creative practitioners from multiple disciplines and mediums to engage with the question of how displacement has guided their work and how their creative practice serves as a sometimes physical impediment to the borders, state powers, political economic relationships, and other forces driving displacement. This seminar will begin by allowing the artists and architects assembled here to introduce their work and subjective relationships to displacement before moving into a discussion of how their work serves as both a locus of resistance and a site of institutional critique.

This event is organized by graduate students, Julia Gettle and Francisco Monar, 2017 Mellon Sawyer Graduate Fellows on Displacement.

Speakers will include:

Sandi Hilal

Sandi is an architect, artist and educator, who is currently an artist-in-residence at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. Sandi holds a Ph.D. in Transborder policies for daily life, University of Trieste, Italy and directed for seven years the UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency) Camp Improvement Program in the West Bank.  Sandi is also co-founder, alongside Alessandro Petti and Eyal Weizman, of Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency.



Khaled Malas

Khaled is an architect from Damascus, Syria. A graduate of the American University of Beirut and Cornell University, he is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. He is a member of various associations including the Arab Image Foundation, the Historians of Islamic Art Association, and the London Institute of Pataphysics.



Marcos Ramírez ERRE

Marcos is a prolific visual artists from Tijuana, Baja California Mexico.  He earned a Law Degree in the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California. In 1983 he immigrated to the United States where he worked for 17 years in the construction industry. Since 1989 his work as a visual artist has been informed by a profound understanding of border culture. He explores issues of identity, race, culture, and community in a wide range of mediums, frequently delivering biting commentary.




This event is generously co-sponsored by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, CLACS, HAAMCM, and MES.

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