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Architectural Notation
and Human Rights Advocacy

a lecture by

Nina Valerie Kolowratnik

Architectural Notation and Human Rights Advocacy

Within her lecture Kolowratnik will present three of her recent research projects focusing on their use of architectural notational systems as advocacy tools in specific legal and human rights debates. Projects presented center on indigenous knowledge as legal evidence within the Jemez Pueblo land claim (New Mexico, U.S.), the impact of surveillance infrastructure on cross-border and traditional life of the Tohono O’odham Nation (Arizona, U.S.) and questions of property restitution upon return in Kosovo. 

11.09.2020   7pm

Nina Valerie Kolowratnik

Nina Valerie Kolowratnik is an architectural researcher currently based in Vienna. Her research practice is situated in the context of forced migration and cultural claims to territory, and develops spatial notational systems that operate within legal and human rights debates. Since 2014 she has been teaching graduate courses on borderlands, migration and counter narratives at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture GSAPP and Vienna University of Technology. Kolowratnik’s book The Language of Secret Proof: Indigenous Truth and Representation, which examines the dilemma of evidence production within Native land claims, was published by Sternberg Press in 2019. Recently her work has been shown at Rotor Graz, Stacion CCA Prishtina, the Venice Architecture Biennale and the Oslo Architecture Triennale. Kolowratnik holds an MArch from TU Graz and a MS in Critical Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in Architecture from Columbia University. In the fall 2020 she will start a PhD in Law at Ghent University’s Faculty of Law and Criminology, Human Rights Centre.

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Nina Valerie Kolowratnik, No Return to Normal: On Legal, Spatial and Time-based Realities of Property Claims, Home Occupations and Exchanges in Kosovo, 2017.

Project initiated in the framework of Westbalkan Calling Artist Residency at Stacion Center for Contemporary Art, Prishtina, Kosovo. Exhibited at Stacion CCA, Prishtina (2017) and < rotor > association for contemporary art, Graz (2018). With friendly support by < rotor >, Graz; Stacion CCA, Prishtina; Austrian Foreign Ministry; Austrian Federal Chancellery; Austrian Embassy Pristina.

All photos by Richard Pobaschnig