Entity of Decolonization in Brussels and keynote lecture in Lisbon

Join us at the next decolonial assembly in Bruxelles from the 3rd to the 5th of February at la Loge in Brussels.

The art installation “Entity of Decolonization” profanes the Entity of Colonization of the Sicilian Latifandium in Sicily, by decomposing and recomposing its facade in several modular seats. These have been reused as the platform for an open discursive space where the public is invited to critically reconsider the social, political and economic effects of fascist, colonial and modernist heritage, and at the same time collectively imagine new common uses.

The first activation of the “Ente di Decolonizzazione – Borgo Rizza” took place in May 2022 at the Mostra d’Oltremare in Napoli, which first opened in 1940. Conceived as a colossal exhibition to display the territories and people overseas in areas colonized by the fascist regime, it closed only 40 days after its opening.  The second activation of “Ente di Decolonizzazione – Borgo Rizza” took place at Hansa Quarter, in west berlin, built in 1957 for the International Building Exhibition (Interbau). We were interested here in exploring how modernist architecture was deployed for the representation of a democratic Germany. The third activation will take place al la loge, a Brussels-based space dedicated to contemporary art, architecture and theory. Join us and take part in the activation of the installation through a public discussion that will revolve around the decolonization of public spaces in Brussels. (2021_URBAN_REPORT_DECOLON_PUBLIC_SPACE_EN_DEF).  Participation in the decolonial assemblies is free of charge, but attendance on all three consecutive days is encouraged. The exhibition itself, Entity of Decolonization, will open on February 3rd, from 17:00 to 20:00.

To participate, please send an email to entedecolonizzazione@gmail.com

La Loge
Rue de l’Ermitage, 86 1050 Ixelles
The exhibition is curated by Matteo Lucchetti
The project is supported by the tenth edition of the Italian Council (2022)

Keynote Lecture in Lisbon

JAN.18th – 18H30
Towards an Entity of Decolonisation
Alessandro Petti (DAAR)

The II International Congress on Colonial and Postcolonial Landscapes focuses on the theme of Architecture, Colonialism and War. The aim of this congress is to extend the debate on the repercussions of the decisions made by the colonial states in the area of territorial infrastructures – in particular through the disciplines of architecture and urbanism – in post-independence development models and the formation of new countries with a colonial past.