At the Kunsthal Aarhus in Dannemark, Madrassa* Collectives exhibition Something to Generate From proposes to investigate the practice of institution building as an artwork by tracing back and mapping a number of institutional projects created by artists and artistic collectives active primarily in the regions their curatorial collective comes from.
Envisioning exhibition making as a research and critical endeavor, Madrassa aims at experimenting and questioning collective practices and transborders collaborations as a means to resist and confront the difficulties of art making in their regions.
For the exhibition Something to Generate From, the Algerian Pavilion sets up a stage for the enactment of a micro history of French colonial architectural production in Algeria during the Algerian Revolution (1954-1962). It voices a few ambiguities around a historical and symbolic moment: when General Charles de Gaulle, the President of France between 1958 and 1968, announced the construction of housing units for 1,000,000 people in Algeria under French rule in October 1958. The Algerian Pavilion accommodates the juxtaposition of events that preceded and followed de Gaulles declaration of the construction of mass housing projects. It houses the formation of possible relations, legacies, and intersections between territorial planning, architecture making, economic interests, military purposes, and political intentions. The aim is not to write a history of the apartment buildings that resulted from de Gaulles strategic attempt, but rather to feature the complexities and ambiguities of such constructions and expand the field of architecture making to political objectives and military measures. Such extension includes the exploitation of oil in the Algerian Sahara, the Battle of Algiers, the United Nations recognition of Algerias right to independence, and the detonation of Frances first nuclear bomb in the Algerian Sahara.
*Madrassa (school in Arabic) is a collective of young curators and art practitioners based in Africa and the Middle East. Madrassa Collective is composed by eight members working in different fields such as research, curation and cultural management.
Participating artist-led institutions
©2016 Algerian Pavilion