Institute for the Study of Ancient Cultures
1155 East 58th Street
Chicago, IL, 60637
October 12, 2023 7-9pm
Join us for a conversation with Architect, Builder and Independent Researcher Feda Wardak, contributor to the 5th Chicago Architecture Biennial and 2023 Villa Albertine’s Resident; and Marc Maillot, Associate Director and Chief Curator of the Institute for the Study of Ancient Cultures.
Feda Wardak is a Franco-Afghan architect interested in the models of organization of communities that build themselves independently from public authorities. In Afghanistan, he has been working for many years with local craftsmen whose knowledge and skills are threatened by imperialist and capitalist forces. His research embodies a variety of artistic media (including fine art, landscape installation, choreography, film, literary editing, and performance).
He will share this experience in conversation with Marc Maillot, Associate Director and Chief Curator of the Institute for the Study of Ancient Cultures. Marc Maillot holds a Ph.D. from Sorbonne University and is now an associate member of the UMR 8167 “Orient et Méditerranée” (French National Research Center-CNRS). Mr. Maillot has conducted seminars on late antiquity urbanism and architecture at Paris-Sorbonne University and Shendi University in Sudan, and worked on various archaelogical sites abroad since 2007. His current research focuses on the Osirian cult practice in the Middle Nile Valley.
The one-hour discussion will be followed by a reception.
This event is part of Villa Albertine’s City/Cité conference series organized in partnership with ISAC – Institute for the Study of Ancient Cultures during the Chicago Architecture Biennial.
ISAC – Institute for the Study of Ancient Cultures
The Institute for the Study of Ancient Cultures was founded in 1919 by James Henry Breasted with the financial support of John D. Rockefeller Jr., and was originally envisaged as a research laboratory for the investigation of the early human career that would trace humankind’s progress from the most ancient days of West Asia and North Africa. The goal of the Institute for the Study of Ancient Cultures is to be the world’s leading center for the study of the ancient civilizations of West Asia and North Africa by combining innovation in theory, methodology, and significant empirical discovery with the highest standards of rigorous scholarship.
Located in Clichy-sous-Bois and Montfermeil, in the Seine-Saint-Denis department, the Ateliers Médicis endeavors to promote new and diverse artistic voices. Its artistic residencies, open to artists working in any artistic field, support the creation of works conceived in collaboration with French territories and fosters encounters between artists and inhabitants.
Chicago Architecture Biennial
The Chicago Architecture Biennial (CAB) is dedicated to creating an international forum on architecture and urbanism. It produces year-round programs and a biennial exposition of city-wide activations for a diverse audience of designers, educators, advocates, and students. CAB’s mission is to engage and inspire professional and public audiences, highlight the transformative power of architecture and envision a future for the field that is equitable and sustainable.