After Belonging: The Embassy
New World Embassy: Rojava by Studio Jonas Staal at the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016
Team: Lluís Alexandre Casanovas Blanco, Ignacio González Galán, Carlos Mínguez Carrasco, Alejandra Navarrete Llopis, Marina Otero Verzier (Chief Curators)
Studio Jonas Staal and the Democratic Self-Administration of Rojava (author, designer and organizer)
Oslo City Hall. Oslo, Norway.
The New World Embassy: Rojava is a temporary embassy that was constructed in Oslo, and which represented, through cultural means, the ideals of “stateless democracy” developed by the communities of the autonomous region of Rojava, northern-Syria. The embassy consisted of a large-scale oval shaped architectural structure, designed as an “ideological planetarium.”
The Embassy operated for two consecutive days, bringing representatives from Rojava together with international politicians, diplomats, academics, journalists, students, artists, and more. Through open deliberation and public discussion the New World Embassy: Rojava proposed a platform to build new transnational relationships and explored alternative models of people’s diplomacy. This includes an analysis of the history, ideals, and implementation of stateless democracy; of the successes of Rojava in building a new civil society in a war-torn region; and finally the alternative that Rojava proposes in order to confront the crises of democracy seen on a global scale.
The New World Embassy: Rojava was part of the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016, After Belonging: A Triennale In Residence, On Residence and the Ways We Stay in Transit, resulting from a collaboration between Studio Jonas Staal and the Democratic Self-Administration of Rojava. The project was funded and co-produced by KORO, Public Art Norway (URO).
Photo by Istvan Virag