Refugee Heritage is an attempt to imagine and practice refugeeness beyond humanitarianism. Such a does not just require rethinking the refugee camp as a political space: it demands redefining the subject of the refugee itself as a being in exile and understanding exile as a political practice of the present capable of challenging the status quo. In this sense it can be seen as our ultimate aim to reframe the position of the refugee from one of weakness to one of strength. Recognizing a “culture of exile” is the perspective from which social, spatial and political structures can be imagined and experienced beyond the idea of the nation-state.

Refugee Heritage is a project by DAAR, edited and published by e-flux architecture and produced with the support of Campus in Camps, the Foundation for Art Initiatives, the 5th Riwaq Biennale and the Decolonizing Architecture course at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm, Sweden.

Read the full article by Alessandro Petti on e-flux architecture.