The research project “Geographies of Freedom of Miguel Peres Dos Santos and Egbert Alejandro Martina is a collaborative effort to explore the ways in which architecture, the law, and geography shape our understanding and experience of “freedom.” The project proposes that investigating how freedom has been imagined, theorized, and enshrined in the law can lead to a more critical understanding of geography, and architecture’s role in society.
We posit that “freedom,” far from merely being a legal status or condition, is a spatial construct that is of central importance to the ordering of political space. To put it concisely, freedom expresses spatial relations. We understand “freedom” as form of architecture—not as an architectural object, but as the production and reproduction of space. In order to support this claim, we will analyse how the infrastructures of (settler/extractive) colonialism, slavery, and capitalism structured mobility/accessibility and privileged a legal and spatial understanding of freedom, that is the when and where of “freedom.”
Check the website https://geographiesoffreedom.wordpress.com to read the text that came out of this project.
Uniarte will be screening the film that was made as part of this project at Carthagenastraat 18 on our regular Opening Hours.