Samia Henni



Samia Henni is a visual and textual practitioner of the history of the built, destroyed and imagined environments produced by processes and mechanisms of colonization, forced displacement, nuclear weapons, resource extraction, and warfare. Her research has culminated in the award-winning book Architecture of Counterrevolution: The French Army in Northern Algeria (EN, gta Verlag, 2017; FR, Editions B42, 2019), the edited volumes War Zones (gta Verlag, 2018) and Deserts Are Not Empty (Columbia Books on Architecture and the City, 2022), as well as exhibitions such as Archives: Secret-Défense? (ifa-Gallery/ SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin, 2021), Housing Pharmacology (Manifesta 13, Marseille, 2020), Discreet Violence: Architecture and the French War in Algeria (2017–2019; Zurich, Rotterdam, Berlin, Johannesburg, Paris, Prague, Ithaca, Philadelphia). She teaches at Cornell University and is currently the Albert Hirschman Chair (2021–2022) at the Institute for Advanced Study (IMéRA) in Marseille.