Permanent Temporariness is a book, a catalogue, and an archive that accounts for fifteen years of research, experimentation, and creation that are marked by an inner tension and a visionary drive that re-thinks itself through collective engagement. It is the result of the profound desire of its authors, Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti, to look back in connection with the eponymous retrospective exhibition that was inaugurated at the New York University Abu Dhabi Art Gallery and at the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven.
This book is organized around fourteen concepts that activate seventeen different projects. Each project is the result of a larger process of collaboration and is accompanied by individual and collective texts and interviews that contextualize and expand the reach of every intervention.
Contributors to projects and texts include Maria Nadotti, Charles Esche, Robert Latham, Salwa Mikdadi, Eyal Weizman, Okwui Enwezor, Munir Fasheh, Grupo Contrafilé, Murad Odeh, and Rana Abughannam. Edited by Maria Nadotti and Nick Axel. The publication of this book has been made possible with the generous support of the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm; New York University Abu Dhabi Art Gallery; Van Abbemuseum; and the Foundation for Arts Initiatives.
Eindhoven, February 21, 2019, Van Abbemuseum, in conversation with Lieven De Cauter, Nick Axel, Magdalena Malm, Shafiq Kakar, Isshaq Al Barbary, moderated by Charles Esche.
Ramallah, April 13, 2019, AM Qattan Foundation, in conversation with Yazeed Anani
Paris, May 14, 2019, Institut Suédois, in conversation with Michel Agier and Kader Attia
Lund, March 20, 2019, School of Architecture, in conversation with Per-Johan Dahl
Stockholm, May 28, 2019, ArkDes, in conversation with Walter Mignolo, Marie-Louise Richards, Rahel Shawl, Madina Tlostanova. Introduction by Kieran Long and Sara Arrhenius.
Amsterdam, June 18, 2019, Pakhuis de Zwijger, in conversation with ZUS