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DAAR, Common Assembly

DAAR (Decolonizing Architecture/Art Residency) is an art and architecture collective set up by Alessandro Petti, Sandi Hilal and Eyal Wiezman and based in Palestine. Film, documentation, and architectural models for a future Palestine described a series of projects realised by this group. The evacuated Israeli military fortress of Oush Grab, for example, was shown re-imagined as a public park and rest haven for migrating starlings, storks and birds of prey. The centrepiece of Common Assembly was a section through the abandoned Palestinian Parliament  located in a suburb of Jerusalem. This never-used building was constructed on Israel’s unilaterally declared border within that city; the width of the life-size model was based on enlarging, to scale, the width of the mapped line separating Israeli from Palestinian territories. The Common Assembly exhibition took place between 28 January and 15 April 2012, and formed part of a project by Sandi Hilal, Alessandro Petti, Eyal Weizman, Nicola Perugini, with Yazeed Anani, Nishat Awan, Ghassan Bannoura, Benoit Burquel, Suzy Harris-Brandts, Runa Johannessen, Zografia Karekou, Cressida Kocienski, Lejla Odobasic, Carina Ottino, Elizabeth Paden, Sameena Sitabkhan and Amy Zion.

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