Lecture: AL-MADAFEH: THE HOSPITALITY ROOM
Supported by: Hans und Renée Müller — Meylan Stiftung
Located between the domestic and the public sphere, Al-Madafeh is in Arabic the living room, the room dedicated to hospitality. It is that part of the private house that has the potentiality to subvert the role of guest and host and to give different political and social meaning to the act of hospitality.
Refugees are expected to constantly perform the role of «perfect guest» in order to be accepted. The “Living Room” project gives stateless people the possibility of being reciprocal in the generous act of hospitality and thus once more taking part in the public realm.
Sandi Hilal is an architect, artist and educator based in Bethlehem whosework combines critical and rigorous theoretical research with an architectural, artistic, and pedagogical practice engaged in the struggle for justice and equality.