Participants

In 2007 we founded an architectural practice in Bethlehem/Palestine.
Our aim was to extend the analytical reach of our respective investigations and engage with the spatial realities of the conflict in a propositional manner. The project includes multiple ways of architectural intervention and activism and it uses architecture as a form of tactical intervention in a political process.

ALESSANDRO PETTI (founding member and director)
Alessandro Petti is an Architect and Researcher in Urbanism. He is founding member and director of DAAR, an architectural office and an artistic residency program that combines conceptual speculations and architectural interventions. DAAR was awarded the Price Claus Prize for Architecture, received the Art initiative Grant, shortlisted for the Chrnikov Prize and showed in various museums and biennales around the world. He teaches at Al Quds Bard where he established and direct Campus in Camps, an experimental educational program centered in Dheisheh Refugee Camp, Bethlehem (www.campusincamps.ps).
Petti has written on the emerging spatial order dictated by the paradigm of security and control (Asymmetries: the road network in Israel/Palestine, in “State of exception and Resistance in the Arab World”, Arab Unity Studies 2010; Dubai Offshore Urbanism in Heterotopia and the City, Routledge 2008; Archipelagos and enclaves, Bruno Mondadori, Milan 2007) and published several articles centred around DAAR artistic practice (Return to Nature in “Ecological Urbanism”, Lars Muller Publishers, May 2010; Decolonizing Palestine, Abitare 504, July 2010; Future Archaeology, Afterall, February 2009,).
He co-curated different research projects on the contemporary urban condition such as Borderdevices (2002-2007), Uncertain States of Europe (2001-2003) with multiplicity and Stateless Nation with Sandi Hilal (2002-2007).
His projects have been published in national and international newspapers and magazines: the New York Times, Il Manifesto, Al Ayyam, Al- Quds, Art Forum and Archis. He has been invited to lectures in several institutions and universities among others: Tate modern London, Columbia University, University of Exeter, American University of Beirut, University of London, Global Art Forum Dubai, Prefix Gallery Toronto, Festival della Filosofia di Roma, Bard College University New York, Henry Moore Institute, Festival Architettura Parma.

SANDI HILAL (founding member)
Sandi Hilal is an architect based in Bethlehem. She is consultant with the UNRWA (The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) on the camp improvement program and visiting professor at Al-Quds/ Bard College Palestine. She is a founding member of DAAR (http://www.decolonizing.ps). Hilal is among the founders of Campus in Camps, an experimental educational program established in Dheisheh Refugee Camp, Bethlehem (http://www.campusincamps.ps). In 2006, she obtained the title of research doctorate in transborder policies for daily life in the University of Trieste. She is a co-author of different research projects published and exhibited internationally: “Stateless Nation,” with Alessandro Petti and “Border devices,” with multiplicity.
Her recent publication: “Political Subjectification, the Production of Space and the Folding of Polarity: the case of Deheishe Camp, Palestine” in Peripheries: Decentering Urban Theory (University of California Berkeley Press, 2012 forthcoming) “ “Return to Nature” in Ecological Urbanism (Lars Muller Publishers, 2010); “Unhoming” jn “Considering Forgiveness” , (Vera List Center for Art and Politics, NY 2009); “Future Archaeology” (Afterall, 2009); “Self Urbanization and the Contours of Political Space in Deheishe Refugee Camp”, 2009) Jerusalem Quarterly No. 38.

EYAL WEIZMAN (founding member)
is an Architect based in London. He studied architecture at the Architectural Association in London and completed his PhD at the London Consortium, Birkbeck College. Weizman is a founder member of DAAR. He is the director of the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Before this role, Weizman was Professor of Architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Weizman works with a variety of NGOs and Human right groups in Israel/Palestine. He co-curated the exhibition A Civilian Occupation, The Politics of Israeli Architecture, and co-edited the publication of the same title. These projects were based on his human-rights research, and were banned by the Israeli Association of Architects. They were later shown in the exhibition Terriories in New York, Berlin, Rotterdam, San Francisco, Malmoe, Tel Aviv and Ramallah. Weizman has taught, lectured and organised conferences in many institutions worldwide. His books include The Lesser Evil (nottetempo 2009), Hollow Land (Verso Books, 2007), A Civilian Occupation (Verso Books, 2003), theseriesTerritories 1, 2 and 3, Yellow Rhythms and many articles in journals, magazines and edited books. Weizmanis a regular contributors to many journals and magazines and is an editor at large for Cabinet Magazine (New York). Weizman is the recipient of the James Stirling Memorial Lecture Prize.

NICOLA PERUGINI
Nicola Perugini is PhD in political anthropology at the University of Siena and teaches anthropology at the BARD-Al Quds Programme. His work (2005-2009) focused on land rights, territorial practices and historical dynamics of reproduction of power and traditional dependence relations in a pastoral area of the Moroccan Middle Atlas. His research is currently exploring the relations between colonialism, law and spatial practices in Palestine, with a specific focus on both the notion and practices of colonial frontier and on the Israeli settlers’ use of the human rights discourse and its legal techniques. He collaborates with the Decolonizing Architecture collective since the beginning of 2010. His articles have been published in international journals such as International Political Anthropology and the Journal of Law and Social Research. Nicola has a number of articles published in Italian (Afriche e Orienti, Jura Gentium, Limes), and he also collaborates with the Italian publisher Nottetempo, the newspaper Il manifesto and journals such as Alfabeta2, Jura Gentium and the Journal of Law and Social Research.

YAZID ANANI
is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture and Master Program in Planning and Landscape Architecture at Birzeit University, Birzeit. His current research interests are: cross-border development and co-operations, spatial planning and relationships of differences, planning and power, communication & capacity in planning, and border studies.
Yazid Anani received his B.S. in Architectural Engineering in 1997 from the Birzeit University, Palestine, and his M.S. in Landscape Architecture in 2000 from the Agricultural University of Norway (UMB), Norway. He received his Dr. rer. pol. in Spatial Planning in 2006 from Dortmund University, Germany. He joined the Department of Architecture and the master program in Planning and landscape Architecture in 1998. Yazid Anani received a certificate in “Sustainable Development Strategies & Conflict Resolution” from the University of Middle East (UME) in 2000 and a stage certificate in “Regional & Urban Planning and Development” from the Politecnico di Milano in 1998.

NASSER ABOURAHME
is an urban planner, researcher and a self-declared Jerusalemite whose research interests revolve around the nexus between space, conflict, coloniality and contemporary restructuring with a secondary but stubborn fascination with systems theory. He trained as an urban planner (MSc) in London at the Development Planning Unit, University College where he started a research project that will culminate in the publication of Imaging a Just Jerusalem: citizenship and the right to the city in Aborted Modernity: Jerusalem and Colonial Transformation (Interlink forthcoming). He currently works as a research consultant on UNRWA’s Camp Improvement Project.
www.re-urbanism.org

DIEGO SEGATTO
Architect specialized in partecipative planning, Diego works since 2000 in the field of visual communication engaging himself in building collective creative processes for cultural development. Focusing time after time on the relationships between languages and forms according to different frameworks, he collaborates with artists, professionals and cultural associations. He realizes brand and product design, interactive graphics, exhibitions, interiors and teaches graphic technics for image editing. In 2009 Diego founded OpenQuadra design office. He recently started a formal artistic research by his own, oriented in setting up landscapes made of social tissues and relationships, combining abstract manipulations and more recognizable shapes.
www.openquadra.it

BRAVE NEW ALPS
Brave New Alps (*2005) are Bianca Elzenbaumer and Fabio Franz. In their work, Brave New Alps investigate into the cultural value of design and its capacity to question our surrounding realities. Brave New Alps’ practice is focused upon developing a careful and exact evaluation of the cultural conditions surrounding a given project. By inhabiting the specific time and place of a project, and gaining insight from a variety of different subject specialists Brave New Alps develop an in-depth analysis of the given project’s social, political, physical and economic condition. Their resulting design process aims at creating a situation or an object, which actively suggests, and promotes a change in modes of thinking about, and operating within the identified conditions. In July 2010, they graduated from a 2 year MA in Communication Art & Design at the Royal College of Art in London. Since January 2011 Bianca is a Ph.D. candidate at the Design Department at Goldsmiths College in London.
www.brave-new-alps.com | www.decodejerusalem.net | www.laboratoriocampano.org | www.department21.net | www.fortezzaopenarchive.net

SARA PELLEGRINI
graduated in Interior Design, she is currently following post-graduation studies in Landscape Architecture, both at the Politecnico di Milano. She is a freelance web and graphic designer. In the last years her main fields of interest have been immigrants rights and politics in relation with contemporary urban condition. She works with an Advice and Welcome Center in Milan for migrants and foreign people. In spring 2008 she collaborated with multiplicity.lab in I Municipi dell’abitare, a research project on the housing emergency in Milan for marginal and troubled people. The project takes part in the exhibition La vita nuda at the Triennale di Milano.

SITU STUDIO
was founded in 2003 in Brooklyn, New York, while its five partners were studying architecture at the Cooper Union. Concentrating on research, design and fabrication, the firm utilizes emerging technologies at the intersection of architecture and a variety of other disciplines. Recent projects include the design and fabrication of the Solar Pavilion 3 in June, 2008, which was installed at the CitySol Festival in New York City. Situ Studio’s Solar Pavilion 2, designed in 2007, was deployed in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Miami. Situ Studio is currently working on a mapping project with the Brooklyn Public Library that is focusing on the visualization of demographic information for the institution’s branch planning and analysis. In 2006, the firm received the Award for Excellence in Design, by the Art Commission of the City of New York.Situ Studio has exhibited work at the AIA Center for Architecture, New York and Van Alen Institute, New York. Situ Studio’s projects have been published in The New York Times, Architectural Record and journals such as LOG. The partners teach at Pratt Institute, GSAPP, Columbia University and give workshops and lectures internationally. As part of its practice, Situ Studio acts as digital fabrication consultants to renowned artists and architects.

YAZAN ALKHALILI
An architect and photographer among the new generation of visual artists emerging from Palestine. Having studied architecture, Yazan’s work focuses on defined and undefined spaces. His recent projects explore the built environment, people and the relation between them, not only from a social point of view but also from a spatial one: the lines, the fabric, the texture, and the ‘power’ between the items and details of the space. In 2005 he with 4 other colleagues established Zan Studio, an open space for art and architecture where he is the art director . Currently he is also working as the head art department at Idioms film, an audio visual company.
Since 2006 Yazan had several art exhibitions in Palestine, London, Granada, Amsterdam, Amman, Rome, Nairobi and New York.

ARMIN LINKE
is a photographer and filmmaker who lives in Milan. His ongoing archive focuses on human activities in relation to natural and man-made landscapes and their social and political consequences on living conditions; he investigates our changing perception of space and documents scenes where the boundary between fiction and non-fiction blurs or becomes invisible. His video installation Alpi, made in collaboration with Piero Zanini and Renato Rinaldi, won the 2005 award at the Venice Architecture Biennale. He collaborates with several collectives including multiplicity Solid Sea, Odessa/The World for the exhibition Geography and the Politics of Mobility at the Generali Foundation, Vienna 2003, and Stalker, Corviale del Tramonto, Fondazione Adriano Olivetti, Roma 2005. His work has been shown in major exhibitions, most recently at The Second Guangzhou Triennial, Atmospheres of Democracy, ZKM Karlsruhe, Utopia Station, Venice Biennale 2003, Territories, KW Berlin, 2003. Linke published a much admired monography Transient, edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Stefano Boeri with Skira, 2003, and makes major contributions to Domus magazine: Pyongyang, June 2005 and Desert Wall, Domus March 2004, documenting the 2,600 km long sand wall erected by the Moroccan government to cut off the contested Western Sahara territories.
www.arminlinke.com

FRANCESCO MATTUZZI
is a photographer and videomaker. He graduated at the tri-lingual Faculty of Design and Arts of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (Italy).
Since 2005 he is working on “Startrucks”, a project which aims to explore by means of a multimedia approach, the life, the languages and the culture of a truck driver community from a social and aesthetic point of view (Shows: Milan 2006, Spazio Biffi, Milan 2007; Galassia Reti and MACEF; Trento 2008 Radar, Galleria Civica Trento)
He collaborates with Armin Linke on several art projects, the most important are “Nuclear Voyage” and “Alps”.
www.francescomattuzzi.com

ZAKIYA HANAFI
originally from Ottawa (Canada), Zakiya Hanafi is currently an adjunct professor in translation at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy. Author of The Monster in the Machine: Magic, Medicine, and the Marvelous in the Time of the Scientific Revolution (Durham and London: Duke UP, 2000), she received her Ph.D. in Italian Studies from Stanford University in 1991 and taught as an Assistant Professor of French and Italian at the University of Washington in Seattle from 1991-96, performing occasionally as a musician and spoken word artist. Her father was born and brought up in Haifa.

LAURA RIBEIRO
is a graduate of law and holds an LLM in Law and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. In her masters studies she focused on critical legal studies, critical race theory and the shaping of the colonial encounter through law. She currently works in Birzeit University, Palestine. Her areas of research and interest include the judicial and social construction of race, the legal characterization of spaces or ‘zones’ where certain laws are deployed and others debarred for the purpose of fulfilling public policy – the ‘favelas’ in Rio de Janeiro for example, are characterized by the shifting of the legal order so as to allow the sovereign state to transcend the legal norms of police accountability and the right to life in the name of ‘security’ – and the false discourse of legal language, particularly in its formulation and perpetuation of hierarchies in the post-colonial context.

MARIO ABRUZZESE
is attending post-graduate studies in Landscape Architecture at Politecnico di Milano. He is currently working on his master thesis about architectural interventions within the camp improvement, a research project about Deheishe Refugee Camp in the Bethlehem District. In the last years, thanks to some professional experiences, he started being interested in a multidisciplinary approach, applied to the architectural projects, which considers economical, anthropological, sociological, geographical, historical and political aspects as key elements for planning. In 2008 he participated with multiplicity.lab in I Municipi dell’abitare, a research project on the housing emergency in Milan for marginal and troubled people. The project has been shown at the Triennale di Milano within the exhibition La vita nuda. He is co-founder of m.i.m.o.nine, an e-platform constantly uploading news about architecture, design, art, media, whose aim is to create an interactive network of research and investigation, engendering the discussion among the students and promoting the relation between the different disciplines.

FRANCESCA VARGIU
graduated in Architecture at Politecnico di Milano, she has just attended the master in landscape architecture, spending one year of studies at Etsam in Madrid. She’s currently working on her final degree, which focuses on the potential of urban and architectural tools to improve the reality of Palestinian refugee camps, with the involvement of local community. In her last works, she has studied the urban territory as a system whose complexity is growing, in which a multitude of tangible and intangible flows (people, goods, information) stratify and interconnect. Starting from this point, she focuses on how the city can be made legible and comprehensible, understood as a complex organism and as a web of physical and social network. In July 2008, she participated at Torino International Summer School, where she investigated new forms of representation of the city through a collective vision capable of defining and visualizing the new concept of urban space and, more in general, social spaces. She’s also co-founder of m.i.m.o.nine, a e-platform constantly uploading news about architecture, design, art, media, whose aim is to create an interactive network of research and investigation, engendering the discussion among the students and promoting the relation between the different disciplines.

GABRIELE OROPALLO
is a researcher/writer whose interests lay at the intersection between visual/material history and politics. Educated in Italy and Germany, he is now based at University College London, where he was awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship. Currently a PhD candidate and an assistant lecturer, he is completing a thesis on minimal design, political engagement and the decline of the modernist paradigm. He is also interested in the use of the still/moving image to research objects and environments and has been involved on several documentary photography and film-making projects. He is currently working on a new project on the fate of colonial architecture in the Southern Mediterranean area after colonialism.
g.oropallo(at)ucl.ac.uk

BEATRICE CATANZARO
Produces context based art interventions with a special focus on social and political dynamics. Her artistic practice includes collaborative projects aiming to implement interdisciplinary artistic platforms of exchange. She actually lives and works between Milan and Lisbon. catabea@yahoo.it skype: beatrice.catanzaro

SEAN MURPHY
is a graduate student at Cornell University where he is pursuing two Masters degrees in Regional Planning and Public Administration. In the fall of 2008, Sean managed a team of students in developing a project proposals for a non-profit client located in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina. His interests in Palestine center on finding ways to explain the occupation’s effects on daily life and translating the ideas presented by DA into a policy context.
Sean is also a member of the editorial board for The Current: The Public Policy Journal of the Cornell Institute of Public Affairs.

AHMAD BARCLAY
is a graduate in architecture, building engineering and environmental design from the universities of Cambridge and Nottingham in the UK. He has previously worked with architectural and engineering practices in London, Amsterdam and Washington DC. Ahmad is currently pursuing further masters studies in architecture at Cardiff University, where his research is focused on the role of the architect as a political agent in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
arenaofspeculation.org

SILVIA BELLOTTI
is a final year student of architecture at the Università degli Studi Roma Tre in Rome. She is focusing her thesis on the role of architecture in territorial conflicts working on Oush Grab (a former military base in the Westbank) as a case study.

NINA VALERIE KOLOWRATNIK
is an architecture student trained at Graz University of Technology, AT and Helsinki University of Technology, FIN. She is currently working on her masters thesis, investigating the role of architects and spatial planners in the field of politics. Her previous research focused on social structures in the realm of art, architecture and urbanism within the context of the frontier.
Nina is working within a network at the TU Graz which is researching on migration and the consequential production of spatial relations. Her research focus within DA is return strategies for Palestinian refugees based on a case study of Naher El Bared camp in Lebanon and the village of Kafr’ Inan in the north of Israel.

MARCELLA RAFANIELLO
is an architect from Avellino, Italy, currently living and working in Napoli.
She has experience in contemporary art and architecture.
She has been working for two years in Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto, a Contemporary Art Foundation directed by Michelangelo Pistoletto in Biella, an industrial city near Torino.
After she has worked as a freelance in several studios of architecture.
Currently she has been developing a project about the discrepancy between the mobility of objects/culture and the mobility of bodies through the national boundaries.

SEBASTIAAN LOOSEN
is a student civil engineer-architect at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. is interested in the interaction between architecture and politics and therefore is doing research, together with Bert, for a master thesis with the title ‘war as urbanism. urbanism as warfare’. this thesis has the aim to investigate urban strategies that Israel uses during their occupation and what the consequences are for future urban planning. decolonizing fits in this research as respond to this last question.

MARIA ROCCO
is a final-year student of architecture at Univerità degli Studi Roma Tre in Rome.
She is focusing her degree thesis on the architectural possibilities to implement the right to return of Palestinian refugees and the trans-border practices connected to forms of present and future return

MAHDI SABBAGH
is Palestinian from Jerusalem.
He is a senior at Yale University majoring in architecture, and hoping to pursue a career in design and urban planning.

MARCO CERATI
is currently completing his BA in Environmental Architecture at University of Politecnico, Milan. His work for Decolonizing Architecture is based on the study of the concept of Proximity between Palestinian urban centers and Israeli settlements.
He is working on the “Decolonization Manual” and the relative analysis of different cases, one for every main Palestinian city.
marcocerati02[at]yahoo.co.uk

BERT RUELENS
is studying civil engineering and architecture at the Catholic University of Leuven, BEL. He is working on his masters thesis together with Sebastiaan Loosen, dealing with the subject “war as urbanism, urbanism as warfare”. Bert is specifically focusing on Palestinian refugee camps. Through case studies and detailed analysis, he intends to outline strategies for the redevelopment of refugee camps if the Palestinian right of return is realised.
bert.ruelens[at]gmail.com

ELODIE DOUKHAN
Is completing a Master of Architecture at the Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture (ESA), Paris. Her thesis, entitled Destruction-Regeneration : Architectural strategies of territorial control, centers on civilian and military occupation throughout the West Bank. In 2008 she participated to a housing design in Madagascar. She had been serving as an assistant in an architecture and urbanism studio at ESA since 2009.
elodie.doukhan@gmail.com

TASHY ENDRES
studies architecture and political sciences in Berlin. She co-translated “Hollow land“ by Eyal Weizman and is now working on her final thesis on present practices of return of palestinian refugees initiated at the summer program of Decolonizing Architecture.

FRANCESCA RECCHIA
is a researcher and lecturer currently teaching in various universities (TU Delft; Bocconi, Milan; Ca’ Foscari, Venice). Her work intersects the fields of Postcolonial, Visual and Urban Studies with a particular attention to the geo-political dimension of cultural process. She deals with questions of ethics, collaboration and urban transformation. She has been a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Bartlett School of Planning, University College of London, holds a PhD in Cultural Studies at the Oriental Institute in Naples and a MA in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She was part of the Documenta11_Education Project in Documenta11, Kassel 2002, has lectured internationally and collaborates with the interdisciplinary research groups of Multiplicity and Stalker/Osservatorio Nomade. She has contributed to various journals and magazines such as Abitare, Domus, Africa e Mediterraneo. Her publications include Make Love before Making Projects! (Forthcoming); Thessaloniki. The Un-familiar City. A Work in Progress (with Lorenzo Romito in M-City. European Cityscapes, 2005) and Lavoro, salute e memoria nei testi visivi (in C’è ancora posto per la salute nel nuovo mercato del lavoro? Franco Angeli, 2005).

URSULA BIEMANN
is an artist, theorist and curator working on geopolitical displacement, migrant labor, and extraterritorial zones. Border and mobility are recurring themes in her video essays from Performing the Border (1999) to Contained Mobility (2004). She initiates the collaborative project B-Zone, Kunstwerke Berlin (2005) which includes her video research Black Sea Files (2005) on the Caspian oil geography. Her multi-channel video, Sahara Chronicle (2006-2007) tracks the trans-Saharan migration system from Niger to Morocco. She is also curator of the 2003 exhibitions Geography and the Politics of Mobility, Generali Foundation, Vienna, and The Maghreb Connection, Townhouse Gallery, Cairo (2006). Currently she works on the video Mission Report on the Palestinian refugee camps in the Middle East. She has published numerous books and essays including Geobodies, a monograph of her video essays (2008). Biemann is a researcher at the Universities of Art and Design in Zurich and Geneva.
www.geobodies.org

ANNE GOUGH
is a student, gardener and dancer. She has written on dance for Movement Research’s Performance Journal and danced for writers at the Log Cabin Literary Society and with Drop Dance Collective. Most recently she founded a community garden in Vermont while completing her MA in Sustainable Development. Her research focuses on economy, agriculture and environment. She is an artist in residence at Decolonizing Architecture in Bethlehem, Palestine where she is planning gardens to take over evacuated settlements, colonial spaces and suburbia everywhere.

JESSE LONG
studied boat building at the Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building in the Pacific Northwest. He has worked in many crafts including furniture making, boatbuilding and in structural and ornamental ironwork. He attended Harvard University Graduate School of Design receiving a certificate in Architecture. His research concerns, the rights of labor, craft and environment in the context of globalization. He is currently an artist in residence at Decolonizing Architecture in Bethlehem, Palestine.

ALLEGRA MARTIN
lives and works in Milan. Her main fields of interest are photography and urbanism development. Her current research is focused on the modification of contemporary urban landscape and its social and political consequences. She considers photography as an instrument to analyze and describe the complexity of territory. She graduated in architecture at Iuav University in Venice with Bernardo Secchi; at IUAV she started her photography’s studies with Guido Guidi. In 2005 she studied at EAL (Ecole d’Architecture et du paysage – Lille France). She participated at many international workshops on photography and architecture, as Les maison de ville – world way of living and Progetto Venezia with Elger Esser and Armin Linke. She was selected for the exhibition Talk-Show curated by H. U. Obrist (2004), Un resoconto curated by G. Guidi (2006) and How To look at Venice curated by E. Esser and A. Linke (2007).

SALOTTOBUONO
was born in 2005 as a collector of research experiences and design production. It investigates the urban space, codifying cognitive devices and triggering transformation strategies. Topics, challenges and programs are occasions for diagrammatic analyzes and elaboration of paradoxical visions. Critical nodes, discontinuities and weak points are exasperated through the formulation of visionary objects and performative practices based on non-authorial concepts and minimal rationality. Salottobuono is grounded in intellectual exchange and relational attitude built around a stable work group. Its experience develops through the participation in competitions, workshops, publications and specific assignments.
www.salottobuono.net

ROBERTO SARTOR
is a photographer and videomaker. After a graduation in Visual Communication, he attends the faculty of Design and Arts at IUAV university of Venice. He is very interested in using visual arts as an understanding way to look through territorial and social dynamics. Actually he is working for a photographic project that investigates life around different types of borderline spaces. From 2007 he collaborates with Tribaleglobale, a cultural project that link primary arts and contemporary arts through art exhibitions, conferences, music concert and archeological expeditions.

ARMINA PILAV (Bosnia & Herzegovina)
lives and works in B&H (Sarajevo) – Italy (Venice). Graduated at the Faculty of Architecture in Sarajevo; she is following master studies at Polytechnic of Milan in Sustainable Architecture (2007/2008). Last few years doing a research related to the abandoned spaces in Sarajevo, relations they can create, different image of the city or possible future transformations in social, architectural and urban context. It’s influenced by recent war conditions in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as post war situation in the country. Participated in several architectural/art workshops and realization of the projects: co-curator of the Workshop Immagino (2008) for conversion of “Ex Factory of Gravel” in Savona. Curator of ongoing project UNDER RE:CYCLING (2007-…) based in Sarajevo, by opening abandoned spaces for any kind of action or experiment created by different local groups: NGOs and individuals. Recycled Table (2007), Banja Luka (B&H), curator of workshop and exhibition “Image of the town, abandoned spaces, possible changes and actual needs.” BJCEM –Puglia/Italy (2008), exhibition of UNDER RE:CYCLING at Biennale of Young artist of Europe and Mediterranean.

PIETRO ONOFRI
He graduated in Architecture at IUAV University in Venice.
After attending a master in photography at John Kaverdash school in Milan he worked as a fashion photographer for the Lazzari Studio of photography and for Imaxtree society in Milan until 2003 when he began to cooperate with an architect’s studio in Brescia. This year he has worked as a professor of Autocad 3D for a postgraduate course in bioarchitecture organized by Regione Lombardia and sponsored by European Community. He lives and works in Brescia at the moment where, apart from architecture, he is still very interested in photography and art.