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Sandi Hilal & Alessandro Petti / DAAR

Visual Art Forum | Spring 2021
February 9, 2021  | 9:30 AM | FREE | Zoom


Please join us for a FREE talk by Sandi Hilal & Alessandro Petti (Decolonizing Architecture Art Research), presented as part of the Spring 2021 Visual Art Forum.

The Audain Visual Artist in Residence (AVAIR) and the School for the Contemporary Arts (SCA) are pleased to announce the Spring 2021 Visual Art Forum, a term-long series of free online public lectures by a diverse group of leading contemporary artists and thinkers. The Visual Art Forum is presented as part of the SCA’s AVAIR program and forms a central element of our studio and seminar classes.

In response to COVID-19, all AVAIR participants will be presenting lectures, conducting studio visits, and interacting with students and faculty of the SCA online. Members of the visual arts and cultural communities and the general public are invited to watch the main lecture series.


DAAR (Decolonizing Architecture Art Research) is an artistic and 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. DAAR’s work has been featured in exhibitions such as the Venice Biennale, Venice Architecture Biennale, NGBK in Berlin, the Istanbul Biennial, The International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, Home Works in Beirut, Architekturforum Tirol in Innsbruck, the Oslo Triennial, the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. 

About the AVAIR Program

The Visual Art Forum is organized by Kathy Slade in collaboration with SCA Visual Art faculty Sabine Bitter, Raymond Boisjoly, Elspeth Pratt, and Judy Radul.

The Audain Visual Artist in Residence program brings artists and practitioners to Vancouver who have contributed significantly to the field of contemporary art and whose work resonates with local and international visual art discourses. The visiting artists interact with the students and faculty of the School for the Contemporary Arts as well as the broader visual arts and cultural communities. The program is generously funded by the Audain Foundation Endowment Fund.

The School for the Contemporary Arts recognizes that we are on the unceded and occupied territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.