Introduction to the New World Embassy: Rojava



11. September


Design and Architecture Norway, DOGA

The New World Embassy: Rojava is a stateless embassy that represents, through cultural means, the ideals of “stateless democracy” developed by Kurdish communities of the autonomous region of Rojava, northern-Syria. The embassy is conceived and designed by Studio Jonas Staal in collaboration with the Democratic Self-Administration of Rojava, and takes the form of a temporary installation in Oslo. Through assemblies and public debate it will present the cultural and political ideals of this new autonomous region. The aim of the project is to rethink non-state models of political representation through art, as well as to engage a large public in the unique cultural and political ideals being developed in this war-torn region.

Participants include:

Seher Aydar was leader of Red Youth and director of the youth department at the Norwegian Center Against Racism. Currently she is the leader of the organization Solidarity with Kurdistan and activist in the women's movement. She is studying social anthropology.

Nazdar Assad is a Rojava-born Kurdish activist in Norway, She is currently committee member of the Kurdish Youth organization (Ungkurd) and studying to become an educator.

In addition the artist, Jonas Staal.

Moderator: Marina Otero

The project is financed by KORO Public Art Norway.