politics of space

{ politics of space }   Kurdish mobilisation in Rojava began in 2011, just as the Syrian uprising was spiralling into a civil war. Institutions that had worked underground for years suddenly…

healing

{ healing }   The biggest hit to Kobane in Rojava, northern Syria, came on June 25, 2015. Several months after defeating ISIS, hundreds of Islamic State fighters sneaked back into town…

subversion

{ subversion }   Beside the use of the scissor lift as prosthesis of preservation, the act of going up and looking down through the oculus aims at a symbolic subversion of…

artist-in-residence

{ artist-in-residence }   Artist-in-residence is referring to when someone is working in a creative area through a residency program usually in another city or country for a limited period of time.…

critical preservation

{ critical preservation }   The 1964 Venice Charter, setting guidelines for the conservation and restoration of monuments states that ‘replacements of missing parts must integrate harmoniously with the whole, but at…

undoing heritage

{ undoing heritage }   Heritage is not neutral: indeed, heritage is entirely political. The authorized heritage discourse focuses on aesthetically pleasing material artifacts and excludes everything which can contradict the official…

dildo-architecture

{ dildo-architecture }   The notion of prosthesis is crucial for developping an understanding of the role of architecture as a multiplier of (gendered) ideology. As Paul B. Preciado argues, hegemonic masculinity…

echoing

{ echoing }   Echoes from the “colonies” resound in “Casa del Mutilato”, where history is represented by the voice of the coloniser. One of the epigraphs, placed at the sides of…

peace

{ peace }   Mussolini’s speech continues by labelling the Empire as an “Empire of peace, because Italy wants peace for itself and for everyone and decides to go to war only…

martyrdom

{ martyrdom }   What is the relevance of the queer reading of Saint Sebastian in relation to Casa del Mutilato? If the building is a monument to men who fought in…