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Visual Essay
First published in: On One Side of the Same Water. Artistic Practices between Tirana and Tangier, Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern, 2012

At the beginning of the twentieth century, the Ottoman railway network connected the Middle East to an extent that is unthinkable today. Although it is now found mostly dismantled across the region, the traces of this former network are embedded with both the memory and possibility of connection.

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geopolitics, infrastructure, mobility, memory, destruction, speculation, communication

DAAR (Decolonizing Architecture Art Research) 

DAAR (Decolonizing Architecture Art Research) is an architectural collective that combines conceptual speculations and pragmatic spatial interventions, discourse and collective learning. The artistic research of Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti is situated between politics, architecture, art and pedagogy. In their practice art exhibitions are both sites of display and sites of action that spill over into other contexts: built architectural structures, the shaping of critical learning environments, interventions that challenge dominant collective narratives, the production of new political imaginations, the formation of civic spaces and the re-definition of concepts.

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