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DAAR is an architectural studio and art residency programme based in Beit Sahour, Palestine. DAAR’s work combines discourse, spatial intervention, collective learning, public meetings and legal challenges. DAAR’s practice is centred on one of the most difficult dilemmas of political practice: how to act both propositionally and critically within an environment in which the political force field is so dramatically distorted. It proposes the subversion, reuse, profanation and recycling of the existing infrastructure of a colonial occupation. DAAR projects have been shown showed in various biennales and museums, among them Venice Biennale, Home Works in Beirut, the Istanbul Biennial, the Bozar in Brussels, NGBK in Berlin, The Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, Architekturforum Tirol in Innsbruk, the Tate in London, the Oslo Triennial, the Centre Pompidou in Paris and many other places. DAAR’s members have taught lectured and published internationally. In 2010 DAAR was awarded the Price Claus Prize for Architecture, Foundation for Art Initiatives Grant, and shortlisted for the Chrnikov Prize.
DAAR is accepting applications for its Spring Residency – (01 March 2015 – 31 May 2015)
The residency is an opportunity for practitioners to gain intensive experience in practice lead research and spatial activism, within the conceptual frame of the studio, in one the world’s most charged conflict areas.
By joining the DAAR team this year, the participant will be invited to explore the concept of “exile”. Rather than seeing exile as a state of postponements – delaying actions until a particular time is fulfilled – it will be considered as an operational tool for actions taking place in the present are and able to transgress borders and forced dislocation. DAAR/studio in exile seeks to mobilize exile as an architectural and political concept. Architecture is produced by the interaction of three basic elements: site, social context and the architect. Exile – the forced distance between communities, architects, and buildings – is a prevalent condition within rapidly transforming contemporary Southeastern Mediterranean countries and is challenging this triangle of local relations.
The resident should be able to work in extreme and difficult situations and with limited resources, handle frustration linked to a military occupation, have team spirit while being able to work alone with a high degree of self-initiative. Good proficiency in both written and spoken English is necessary, Arabic is an asset as are familiarity with the Palestinian context and contemporary discourses on Palestinian refugees, high motivation and personal identification with DAAR’s projects and approach.
The resident will be offered a studio and residency at DAAR in Beit Sahour (Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories) for a period of 3 months (beginning November 1st or February 1st). Working days: from Monday to Friday (10am to 6pm). The resident will enjoy weekly lectures and seminars, walks, field trips and collective meals.
Interested candidates are invited to submit a CV and cover letter, both in English, explaining their motivation in wishing to join DAAR residencies.
Please forward the application and CV as soon as possible to
before the beginning of the Spring Residency – (01 March 2015 – 31 May 2015).
DAAR is accepting applications for its Spring Residency
1 March - 31 May 2015, in Beit Sahour, Palestine.
Application and CV to be sent as soon as possible.