For over 60 million people in the world today, shelter must be sought through constant movement or escape. This fact motivated Sean Anderson, a curator at MoMA, to organize the exhibition Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter to explore the ways in which contemporary architecture and design have addressed notions of shelter in the light of global refugee emergencies.
In his lecture, Anderson will highlight projects from the exhibition while raising questions about the possible agency of architects and designers in this area. How can their expertise make a difference and perhaps even redefine the so-called refugee crisis? In addition, he will elaborate on the role of an institution such as MoMA in addressing these questions. The moderator for the evening will be Marina Otero of Het Nieuwe Instituut.
Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter
From the strengthening of international borders to the logistics of mobile housing systems, how we understand shelter is ultimately defined through an engagement with security. Refugee camps, once considered temporary settlements, have become sites where we can examine how human rights intersect with the making of cities. Bringing together projects by architects, designers and artists that respond to the complex circumstances brought about by forced displacement on a range of mediums and scales, the exhibition focuses on the conditions that disrupt conventional images of the built environment.
Sean Anderson is associate curator in the department of architecture and design at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. A fellow of the American Academy in Rome, he holds degrees in architectural design and history from Cornell University, an M. Arch from Princeton University and a Ph.D in art history from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has practiced as an architect and taught in Afghanistan, Australia, India, Italy, Morocco, Sri Lanka and the UAE. He is also the author of two books, the second of which, Modern Architecture and its Representation in Colonial Eritrea, was published in 2015 (Routledge).
Het Nieuwe Instituut Lecture Series
In the Het Nieuwe Instituut Lecture Series, a diverse range of opinionated speakers will take the stage. The series’ starting point is its trans-disciplinary stance, which acknowledges that the architects of today’s changing world are miscellaneous by default. By sharing their knowledge and personal fascinations, they provide useful lenses to help us navigate the excess of information to distinguish signal from noise. They inspire, reflect and provide fuel for discussion, in doing so also reflecting upon their own discipline and the ways in which it is changing.
Grab a bite
Before the Thursday Night why not grab a bite to eat with the speakers and staff of Het Nieuwe Instituut? At 18.30 Het Nieuwe Café will serve either soup with bread or a delicious quiche with salad. Dinner vouchers are available for €7.50 up to a day before the particular Thursday Night event via the Tickets-link on this page.
Credits image: Installation view of Insecurities. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, October 1, 2016-January 22, 2017. © 2016 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo Jonathan Muzikar