AD—WO Two Markets Publication $60>
Architects for Beirut

“There are around 250,000 domestic workers in Lebanon. A large number of these workers come from Ethiopia. They have been laid off or displaced since the explosion at Beirut's port. We are donating this work—researching the central marketplace of Ethiopia—to help with the recovery effort and to support their safe journey back home.” — AD—WO


AD—WO has donated 10 copies of a newspaper publication of their research project Two Markets. According to the practice: “Two Markets offers fragmented portals into two sub-Saharan marketplaces: Kariakoo in Dar es Salaam and Merkato in Addis Ababa. These spatial practices and social structures perform a certain type of opacity: a strategic concealment against local and global regimes of surveillance. The constellation of images and text are interventions against the finality or completeness demonstrated by imperial grand narratives that claim to make African cities knowable—and their tendencies to either celebrate mid-century European interventions or exoticize [the] notion of informality. Two Markets, instead, grapples with the impossibility of having to see through the overbearing shadow of colonialism by frustrating the limits and failures of architectural representation.”


AD—WO is an art and architecture practice based in Providence, Rhode Island, and, by extension, between Melbourne and Addis Ababa. The practice aims to establish an operational terrain between architecture’s content and container: equally committed to designing buildings and reimagining their dynamic sociopolitical contexts.


Founded in 2015, AD—WO has undertaken various projects in Ethiopia, Tanzania, South Korea, Germany, and the United States, engaging with multi-family residential, agricultural township revitalization, civic infrastructure, collaborative art installations, and exhibition design. Their work has been exhibited at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Studio Museum in Harlem, Architekturmueum der TU München, and Art Omi. They are currently developing a mid-sized apartment building in Addis Ababa and an installation for an upcoming exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City.




June 2020




class="subcontent_description"35 x 50 cm