guided tour

Guided tour of Everyday Forms of Resistance exhibition by Khaldun Bshara

Spatial Memories: The Palestinian Refugee Camps as Time Machines

Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art invites to a guided tour by Khaldun Bshara of the Everyday Forms of Resistance exhibition.

The Palestinian refugee camps as they stand today are the result of long and ongoing spatial processes. The refugees have been constructing houses and businesses to accommodate their needs. With the fourth generation of refugees born in exile, the camps have become overcrowded, highly built urbanized space, and fully utilized as a living space. In essence, refuges have evolved into habitats and temporary shelters have unmistakably developed into permanent living spaces. This urbanization has been materialized through what I refer to as sophisticated micro-spatial practices. These practices help people survive the absurd living conditions they have to endure while keeping sense of community together.

Admission free. Event in English translated into Polish.


Khaldun Bshara

is an architect and restorer, and holds a PhD in socio-cultural anthropology. From 20102020 he was director of Riwaq Centre, Ramallah (PS) where he has been working since 1994, and where he now works as an advisor documenting, protecting and restoring built Palestinian heritage. He is also Assistant Professor at the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Birzeit University. His design approach uses architecture and architectural processes as medium, so as to negotiate tensions and power between actors throughout the field.