The Funambulist is a magazine that engages with the politics of space and bodies. Our hope is to provide a useful platform where activist/academic/practitioner voices can meet and build solidarities across geographical scales. Through articles, interviews, artworks, and design projects, we are assembling an ongoing archive for anticolonial, antiracist, queer, and feminist struggles. The print and online magazine is published every two months and operates in parallel with an open-access podcast and a blog. The magazine can be ordered on this website or through our partner bookstores and libraries. And if you enjoy reading it and want to support the project, you can subscribe to it on a monthly or yearly basis (we have student discounts!). On the open-access side, you can also listen to our podcast, or read our blog.
“A magazine with an activist line that does not follow the same political standards when it comes to its production has no reason to exist.” – Freunde von Freunden
“Publications are here to relay, produce and curate knowledge. As far as The Funambulist is concerned, the only important thing about this knowledge is that it can be useful to the political struggles with which it stands in solidarity.” – Archinect
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Editor-in-Chief: Léopold Lambert
Léopold Lambert is a trained architect, writer, and the founding editor of The Funambulist. He is the author of three books examining the politics of the built environment: Weaponized Architecture: The Impossibility of Innocence (dpr-barcelona 2012), Topie impitoyable: The Corporeal Politics of the Cloth, the Wall, and the Street (punctum books 2015) and La politique du bulldozer: La ruine palestinienne comme projet israélien (B2 2016). His next book is tentatively called États d’urgence : Une histoire spatiale du continuum colonial français (forthcoming 2021).
Head of Strategic Outreach: Margarida Waco
Margarida Waco is the Head of Strategic Outreach of The Funambulist. She is an Angolan-Danish architect, writer, researcher, and strategist. Alongside The Funambulist, she’s an assistant researcher at KADK in Copenhagen. Her research interests invoke the post-colonial landscape of the lusophone Africa and intersect questions relating to colonial legacy and neocolonialism, logistics and global trade in relation to processes of urbanisation.
Editorial Assistant: Caroline Honorien
After graduating from Paris’ Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Caroline Honorien has mainly worked for editorial and curatorial projects in art institutions and collectives in France and the U.S. A trained art historian, her researches and writings revolve around arts in the African Diaspora, with a special focus on emerging contemporary art practices and strategies in France. Her current research focus on diasporic experience of futurity and utopia.
Intern: Amel Hadj-Hassen
Amel Hadj-Hassen is an intern at The Funambulist. She is currently a student in the national school of architecture La-Villette in Paris, where she is involved in various forms of political organizing.
For the coming years, she wants to study and work around the imbrication of race, colonialism, and architecture in the design and production of spaces.
Past Member & Adviser: Noelle Geller
Noelle Geller received her B.A. in Literature, with a minor in History of Art & Visual Culture, at U.C. Santa Cruz. In 2016, she moved to Paris to pursue an MA in Arts & Cultural Management but disappointed by school, she learned more through the organizations, events and publications (cough:: The Funambulist:: cough) in the city. Interested in using story-telling to understand and fight oppression, Noelle sees art and narrative as tools for stronger education, understanding and relationship-building.
Past Member & Adviser: Flora Hergon
Flora Hergon is a PhD student in sociology (EHESS, Paris). Her current research focuses on the social effects of the state of emergency and antiterrorism policies on Muslim communities and the institutional governance of Islam in France. She used to work for The Funambulist as an editorial assistant in 2017-2018 and is now honored to be part of its “advisory board.”
Past Member & Adviser: Nadia El Hakim
Nadia El Hakim is an architect and exhibition designer based in Paris, France. Graduated from the School of Versailles and TU Delft Faculty of Architecture, she is currently participating in projects of different scales along with a multidisciplinary team, at the edge of art, architecture and crafts. Her main research interests are situated in the mutations of the design process in the context of economic and political crisis, in Europe and the Middle-East.
Copy Editor: Carol Que
Carol Que is a child of the Chinese diaspora, a writer and educator living in Naarm/Birraranga (Melbourne), unceded Kulin Nation lands. Her PhD research is on anticolonial boycott and refusal. She also works across multiple disciplines, spaces, collaborations: in community organising, with artists, editing, and media studies teaching. She currently holds art history degrees from the University of Melbourne and the University of Oxford.
Regular Translator: Chanelle Adams
Chanelle Adams is a writer, researcher, and translator based in Johannesburg. Chanelle co-launched the feminist web platform Bluestockings Magazine at Brown University before later becoming the Managing Editor at Black Girl Dangerous. With the support of a Fulbright Fellowship, Chanelle completed a Masteris thesis at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales on French colonial scientific appropriation of Malagasy medicine.
The Funambulist by its Readers
managing editor & graphic designer: Suzanne Labourie & Jehane Yazami
Suzanne Labourie is an editor with a background in business and economy. Based in Berlin for 6 years, she has collaborated with architecture and design groups investigating possible civic spaces within the city (raumlaborberlin, ConstructLab), and coordinated the Urban School Ruhr – a learning platform and pedagogical experiment looking at participative practices in urban space – in 2016-17. She now focuses on conceiving, producing and caring for editorial platforms discussing socio-territorial and environmental challenges. Suzanne holds degrees from ESSEC Business School and Sorbonne University, Paris.
Jehane Yazami a French/Moroccan graphic designer and illustrator currently studying in Paris. Growing up between the U.S. and Canada, Jehane has a background in cinema and ecological studies from McGill University. Her interests lie in eco-feminism, space, consciousness, and exploring the political and social potential in image making. With extensive experience in visual layout and graphic design.
Past members of the editorial team: Ella Martin-Gachot, Tomi Seyi Laja, Sara Clark, Jenna Hamed
Ella Martin-Gachot is a senior at Smith College in Northampton, MA. She studies Architecture and Environmental Science and Policy. After having spent her junior year at Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture Paris Val de Seine and Sciences Po Paris, she is co-directing a documentary about the intersections between space, gender, and sexuality, in particular how queer/LGBTQIA+ Parisians interact with the concept of home. She has worked at the Sustainable Food Center in Austin, Texas as a Community Health Intern and at Ateliers 2/3/4 in Paris as an Architectural Intern.
Tomi Seyi Laja is a fourth year B. arch student at Iowa State University with a minor in French Language. She resides in the chicago-land area and was born in Nigeria. With interests in architecture and fashion, Tomi has been involved with student-run publications Datum: Journal of Architecture as well as Revival Magazine (assistant fashion direction in 2017 and styling in 2016), both out of Ames, Iowa. Moving forward, her goals are to use art and writing to promote afro- and eco-feminisms.
Sara Clark is a rising senior at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, currently pursuing a major in French and Film & Media Studies. During their junior year, Sara Clark studied at Sciences Po Paris and l’Université Paris Diderot, focusing primarily on history and propaganda. In the future, Sara hopes to pursue projects on militant film collectives in May 1968 France as well as on the use of space and gender in virtual reality video games.
With roots in Palestine and Detroit, Jenna Hamed is an art curator and writer based in New York City. Jenna’s work has been inspired by her career in fashion design and merchandising, and her current curatorial practice. Early on she became aware of the politics of art and fashion discourse, and has since dedicated to challenging and expanding the American canonical foci, de-centering the colonial logics to include the work of the historically rich contributions of the Arab and Muslim artist communities in the U.S. and beyond.
Creator of the magazine’s graphic design (starting issue 21): Julie Mallat
Past copy editor (from issue 1 to issue 20): Maxwell Donnewald
Occasional consultant: Sofia Ilyas (Float PR)
Web design/coding: Francis Redman & Marlow Perceval