Tajarrod is an architectural, artistic, and cultural thinktank founded in 2019, in Benghazi, Libya, by architect, artist, and curator Sarri Elfaitouri, with an aim to examine the dominant socio-cultural and disciplinary ideologies in Libyan society and beyond. Tajarrod’s projects vary between the production of theoretical writings and investigations, exhibitions, workshops, as well as the organization of public dialogues and competitions.
Transforming the Libyan architectural and artistic scene in Libya into an active, free, and creative ecosystem, as well as advancing and expanding its expertise on a regional and international level.
Generating critical and innovative discourses, dialogues, and movements in the architectural and artistic fields that support young practitioners and open the horizons of socio-cultural transformations.
- Taking critical positions on the local and global intellectual, artistic, and architectural legacy and producing global knowledge from our local reality through innovative means of production.
- Blurring the boundaries between architecture, art, philosophy, and literature, and integrating creative practitioners from different disciplines such as social sciences, linguistics, and others. Through adopting a multidisciplinary approach.
- Analyzing, understanding and critiquing existing dominating ideas in Libya, such as ideological conservatism, traditionalism, intellectual fundamentalism through a new critical language, and producing challenging alternative ideas.
- Resisting commodification of art and architecture through reutilizing art and architecture as critical and intellectual means of thinking about the world.
- Providing the opportunity and resources for young Libyan cultural practitioners to engage in the artistic, cultural, and intellectual domains, and empowering their imaginations and ideas, to experiment and produce challenging ideas in the form of cultural activities, such as exhibition-making, workshops, etc.
- Empowering the role and voice of Libyan architects and artists as critics and cultural activists, not only as producers of aesthetics or functions, but as active participants in society.