Demonstration at Qalandia refugee camp, photo by Ahmed Alaqra
Ahmed Alaqra (أحمد الأقرع) studied architecture at Birzeit University and Edinburgh University. He is currently based between Ramallah and Paris pursuing his Phd on Architecture and Anthropology of space at Université Paris Diderot VII.
During his residency in Helsinki, Ahmed will continue his work on the Qalandia refugee camp in Jerusalem with the aim to understand better the extraordinary ways people in the camp deconstruct their spaces in order to liberate themselves from the politicised nature of such contested geography.
The residency is realised in the context of ‘Everyday Forms of Resistance’, a polymorphic collaboration between Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Ramallah Municipality, AIR Antwerpen and HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme.