Australia’s Pavilion at the Venice Biennale Explores Indigenous Architecture and the Notion of Co-author
Titled “Inbetween” the Australian Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia demonstrates “the potential of architecture to strengthen cultural ties and understanding between non-Indigenous peoples and First Nations”. Curated by Creative Directors Tristan Wong and Jeffa Greenway with Jordan Milliken, Aaron Pulse, Elizabeth Grant and Ash Parsons, the pavilion will be physical and on digital From May 22 to November 21, 2021 at the Giardini.
The Australian Pavilion promoted construction, reconnaissance and shared relationships with neighbours. He was the subject of the biennale “How Will We Stay Together?” which “highlights a range of works showcasing the preservation, rebirth and celebration of indigenous culture”. The nations of Polynesia (including Aotearoa New Zealand), Melanesia, and Micronesia faced the challenges of European occupation and colonization, and the impact of their settlements continues to influence these regions today.
The pavilion examines how we can better preserve and integrate indigenous knowledge systems, through thought and design processes that lead to deeper results. At the same time, it is also about providing a platform for more vulnerable, isolated or lesser known islands, regions and atolls. Many of the effects of “Western” occupation, migration and climate degradation will still see some of these unique populations on the brink of displacement and irreversible cultural impact. – Australian Pavilion Trustee
During this year’s Biennale, Australia invited its Pacific neighbors to show examples of their architecture and the engagement processes behind them. The representation of non-Indigenous and Indigenous ideologies allows architecture to become a link that reveals the layers of history and the memory of people-centred visions of shared humanity.
Space activates exploration and discovery through visual, tactile and aural experiences. Upon entering the exhibition, visitors will experience a “dream-like” space of red earth covering the floor of the pavilion. They are then encouraged to “navigate” the area, linking the human sensory system to the dry land, reinforcing the centrality of the country. The straight walls of the gallery are removed, allowing the core of the exhibition to be presented as a continuous canvas.
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