Creative Practices and Social Change

Here is a short interview recorded last year during the Design and Social Transformation programme in Barcelona.

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Devices for Political Action

Photo Credit: dpr-barcelona

Photo Credit: dpr-barcelona

My new e-book with a brilliant photo-essay by Leo Novel is finally out!

Devices for Political Action. The Collective Towns in Iraqi Kurdistan looks at the case of Collective Towns in Iraqi Kurdistan as an example of how State interventions on the ground are often instruments utilised to implement broader political plans. Throughout the 1970s and the 1980s the Iraqi government made full use of spatial planning as a constitutive part of the strategy of “dealing with the Kurdish problem”.

The Ba’ath regime adopted urban planning and space design as social engineering devices in its larger scheme of shaping society into a more homogenous and simplified form.

The Iraqi government used the combination of ethnopolitics and a centralised ideology of modernisation to heavily intervene in the management and design of territory, causing a systematic disruption of local knowledge and practices.

The book is part of dpr-barcelona’s Emancipatory Space Series and can be purchased here.

 

The Little Book of Kabul

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The Little Book of Kabul is a self-published book released in Agust 2014 in collaboration with the amazing photographer Lorenzo Tugnoli.

Made of short stories and black and white photos, the book is a portrait of the city of Kabul through the daily activities of a number of artists that we followed for more than a year.

The book is a limited edition of 500 signed and numbered copies.

The affection that surrounds this project is overwhelming and never ceases to leave me happily speechless.

The book can be purchased here.