Monday, August 21, 2023

#Biennale Architettura2023 - National Pavilions - Latvia - Luxembourg - South Africa - Kosovo - Saudi Arabia - Uzbekistan - Italy - Arsenale

 #Biennale Architettura2023 
National Pavilions -  Arsenale

Latvia - Pavilion
T/CLatvija (TCL) 
Curators: Ernests Cerbulis - Uldis Jaunzems-Pētersons
Exhibitors: Ints Meņģelis - Toms Kampars

The connection between La Biennale - as a ‘supermarket’ - and National Pavilions - as ‘products’ - is an analogy which the Latvian Pavilion explores. Find everything for your desires, visions, and needs in TC Latvija’s idea shop, a space where all ideas meet and find place on the same shelf. Welcome to the infinite horizons of shopping shelves. It’s not the products that are important, it’s your decisions that matter. Overwhelming amounts of ideas may be draining, but what if decision making could be fun? The authors request that a part of this process be moved to the Arsenale, emphasising that La Biennale itself is the Laboratory of the Future.

Exhibitor, Ints Meņģelis and Curator, Ernests Cerbulis

 Toms Kampars

Latvia - 
T/CLatvija (TCL) 

Grand Duchy of Luxembourg - Pavilion
Down to Earth
CuratorsFrancelle Cane - Marija Marić
ExhibitorsFrancelle Cane, Marija Marić + Armin Linke - Lev Bratishenko + Jane Mah Hutton Anastasia Kubrak - Amelin Ng - Bethany Rigby - Fred Scharmen

Down to Earth critically unpacks the project of space mining through the perspective of resources. With the space of the pavilion itself turned into a lunar laboratory, a stage where the performance of extraction takes place, the exhibition focuses on the unveiling of the backstages of the space mining project, offering another way of seeing the Moon that goes beyond the current optics of the Anthropocene.

CuratorsFrancelle Cane and Marija Marić

Grand Duchy of Luxembourg - Down to Earth

Republic of South Africa - Pavilion
The Structure of a People
Curators: Sechaba Maape - Emmanuel Nkambule - Stephen Steyn
Exhibitors: Zamani Project - Tshwane University of Technology - Mmabe Maila - Kyle Brand, Victor Mokhaba - Tlhologello Sesana - Lethlogonollo - Sesana - Wihan Hendrikz - Luthando Thomas, Kirti Mistry - Carin Smuts - Phadi Mabe - Khalipha Rade - Yamkelwa Sim - Anya Strydom - Jan Truter - Liam Harvey - Tim Presbury - Saskia de Bok - Saleigh Davis - Teegan Isola - Nosipho Ndawonde - Solami Nkabinde - Keyur Moodley - Anna Thomas - Kelly de Gouveia - Rorisang - Monanabela - Tammy Ohlson de Fine - Oratile Mothoagae - Emma Skudde - Priyan Moodley - Michael Peneda - Simphiwe Mlambo - Masego Musi - Sesethu Mbonishweni -  Dineo Mogane - Jason du Plessis - Mpinane Qhobela - Nthomeng Matete - Makananelo Maapea,Mapotsane Mohale - Moshebi Mohale - 2BLN - Spies Architects - Breinstorm Brand Architects - Anita Szentesi - Stephen Wessels

The South African Pavilion, titled The Structure of a People, revolves around the architectural representation of social structures – in historical and contemporary terms.  The exhibition unfolds through three zones. The Past is the Laboratory of the Future traces links to the architectural representation of social structures as documented in pre-colonial southern African societies. The Council of Non- Human Beings contains contemporary drawings on the topic of animism in architectural practice. And Political Animals presents the organisational and curricular structures of South African architecture schools as architectural objects, as the result of an architecture competition.

Political Animals

Republic of South Africa - The Structure of a People

Republic of Kosovo - Pavilion
rks² transcendent locality
Exhibitors: Poliksen Qorri-Dragaj - Hamdi Qorri
Migration has played a significant role in Kosovo’s social development up to the present day. During the tense political situation from the late 1980s to the late 1990s hundreds of thousands of people sought refuge and protection abroad, where they often remained for decades.  The perceived locality of this migration group is the starting point for a spatial–philosophical concept: transcendent locality, implying the process of crossing a boundary that separates two different spheres.  Not being able to return to their homeland for an indefinite period represented a deep caesura in immigrants’ lives, leaving them in an intermediate state of suspension. Boundaries between the immanent being in the now and the transcendent being in the mind blur – the migrated individual is in a transcendent locality.

Republic of Kosovo - rks² transcendent locality

Saudi Arabia - Pavilion
CuratorsBasma Bouzo - Noura Bouzo
ExhibitorAlbara Osama Saimaldahar
For the Biennale Architettura 2023, the Saudi Pavilion examines the symbiotic relationship between material and immaterial. The cohesion of both informs perception and brings to the surface the narratives embedded within these architectural building blocks.  Earth used in Saudi vernacular architecture is explored, alongside organic material experimentation upon which future-proofed legacies and practices can be built. The intent is to present the empirical as a window into the essentials. The archival attempt here aims to capture the anthropological and historic and provokes contemplation of how the past presents the answers to the conundrums of the future.

Curators, Noura Bouzo and Sasma Bouzo

Saudi Arabia - IRTH

Republic of Uzbekistan - Pavilion
Unbuild Together 
Curators: Studio Ko - Karl Fournier + Olivier Marty - Jean-Baptiste Carisé  
Sophia Bengebara
Exhibitors: Abdulvokhid Bukhoriy - El Mehdi Azzam - Miza Mucciarelli  
Emine Gözde Sevim
Our response to the theme of the Biennale Architettura 2023The Laboratory of the Future, can be read as an encounter of different horizons, allowing us to take a close look at the Uzbek architectural heritage, to delve into its past in order to find the necessary tools for the elaboration of tomorrow’s world, unbuilding modernity together by questioning the notion of archaism.  Participation is above all collaborative, placing the human being at the centre of our approach. Through the exchanges between us and architectural students, craftspeople, and associated artists, a collective proposal will emerge, creating a sensitive and poetic architecture, reflecting a truly contemporary and contextual practice.

 Chief Ceramist , Abdulvokhid Bukhoriy 

Republic of Uzbekistan - Unbuild Together 

Italy - Pavilion
Spaziale . Everyone belongs to everyone else
Curators: Fosbury Architecture  
Like any ephemeral event of this magnitude, an exhibition is by its very nature a process that dissipates a great deal of energy, raw materials, and economic resources. While this is clearly necessary to celebrate moments of confrontation and contamination, it is also essential to drastically rethink its horizons. With the aim of transforming consumption into investment and the end into a beginning, Spaziale foresees a three-pronged approach: Spaziale presenta, an observatory on nine site-specific actions staged throughout Italy and promoted thanks to the support of the General Directorate for Contemporary Creativity of the Ministry of CultureSpaziale. Everyone Belongs to Everyone Else, which as part of the Italian Pavilion, embodies the formal and theoretical synthesis of processes triggered elsewhere; and, finally, the Spaziale platform itself, to be launched after the inauguration as an incremental workshop over an expanded timespan.

Terraferma Veneziana

Italy - Spaziale . Everyone belongs to everyone else

Adjaye Associates
Sir David Adjaye OBE 
Designed entirely of timber, the Kwaeε’s form and materiality take on the qualities of its namesake, which translates as ‘forest’ in Twi, one of Ghana’s main languages. It is envisioned as a space for both reflection and active programming.  The external structure takes the form of a triangular prism punctuated by two oculi, while the internal space is a sculpted ovoid reminiscent of a cave. The distorted shape is set at an angle and abuts the perimeter to create passages and apertures for entry and exit.
Leveraging its external location at the water’s edge, the Kwaeε is at once an active and passive inhabitable structure, providing a space for respite and convening as well as multipurpose events. Functioning as a device for calling and recording, the activity within the Kwaeε will extend not only to lectures, panel discussions, and performance, but will also be a space for archival auditory experiences.


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