Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti
Opens Saturday February 24, 2018
NYUAD Art Gallery
This mid-career retrospective of the renowned, award-winning artist duo Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti explores how our understanding of the “Permanent Temporariness” of our environment shapes our experience. Their theory and practice moves between art, architecture, and education, employing a variety of mediums.
For this exhibition the artists will utilize space in the NYUAD Art Gallery and throughout NYUAD campus for installations that will bridge architecture and art, examine the social, economic and political consequence of exile and displacement, and delve into public and private impermanent spaces.
Petti and Hilal have shown at the Venice and Istanbul Biennales, as well as museums including The Tate, London and the Centre Pompidou, Paris.
They have received multiple awards and grants, including the Keith Haring Fellowship in Art and Activism at Bard College, Loeb Fellowship Harvard University, Price Claus Prize for Architecture, they were shortlisted for Visible Award, the Curry Stone Design Price, the New School’s Vera List Center Prize for Art and Politics, the Anni and Heinrich Sussmann Artist Award, and the Chrnikov Prize . They are recipients of the Foundation for Art initiatives grant.
Petti and Hilal are co-directors of DAAR, an architectural office and artistic residency program that combines conceptual speculations and architectural intervention. They founded Campus in Camps, an experimental educational program hosted in Dheisheh Refugee Camp in Bethlehem with the aims to overcome conventional educational structures by creating a space for critical and grounded knowledge production connected to greater transformations and the democratization of society.
This exhibition is co-curated by NYUAD faculty Salwa Mikdadi and Gallery Curator Bana Kattan.
Guest curator Salwa Mikdad is among the foremost historians of modern art from the Arab world. Mikdadi curated numerous exhibitions, including the first Palestinian Exhibition for the 53rd Venice Biennia, 2009. She is the author and editor of several books and catalogues, among them: Elias Zayat: Cities and Legends (2017), Palestine c/o Venice (2009), New Visions: Arab Contemporary Art of the 21st Century, co-editor (2009), Visual Reflections on Arabic Poetry(1997), In/Visible: Arab American Artists (2005), and the reference guide on the history of twentieth-century art of West Asia, N. Africa and Egypt for the Metropolitan Museum of Art Timeline of Art History (2005).