Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi speaks on Minnette de Silva and the practice of history writing as part of the workshop and seminar series Toolkit for Today: Archival Absencing. Siddiqi’s seminar investigates Minnette de Silva’s intellectual biography and artistic work, examining her historical practices of designing, teaching, writing, and archiving. Through an articulated and projected subjectivity, de Silva made historical claims for Asia, Ceylon, women, and for herself in the documentary and pictorial memoir she carefully assembled at the end of a half-century-long career. Hers was an architect’s path that moved beyond a portfolio of buildings to other modes of world-making that have produced expressive forms of authority.
Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture at Barnard College, New York. She specializes in histories of architecture in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with a focus on African and South Asian questions. Her work examines modernity, urbanism, and migration through diverse forms of aesthetic and cultural production. Her book manuscript Architecture of Migration analyzes the history, visual rhetoric, and spatial politics of the Dadaab refugee camps in Northeastern Kenya. She is the author of The L!brary Book (Princeton Architectural Press, 2010) and co-editor of Spatial Violence (Routledge, 2017).
You can search for everything here—our exhibitions and events, our archives, the library and bookstore, the articles we publish. And if you wish to help us redefine how this website works, please click here.
Sign up to get news from us
Thank you for signing up. You'll begin to receive emails from us shortly.
We’re not able to update your preferences at the moment. Please try again later.
You’ve already subscribed with this email address. If you’d like to subscribe with another, please try again.
This email was permanently deleted from our database. If you’d like to resubscribe with this email, please contact us
Please complete the form below to buy:
[Title of the book, authors]
ISBN: [ISBN of the book]
Price [Price of book]
Thank you for placing an order. We will contact you shortly.
We’re not able to process your request at the moment. Please try again later.