December 11, 2017           view all news

16th International Architecture Exhibition BIENNALE ARCHITETTURA 2018 FREESPACE_

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Very excited to announce Laura Gonzalez Fierro - our Founder and Design Director - is part of the curatorial team for the Brazilian Pavilion for the 16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia 2018. Brazil’s official participation in La Biennale di Venezia, opening in May 2018, will be curated by the architects Gabriel Kozlowski, Laura González Fierro, Marcelo Maia Rosa and Sol Camacho. The group, selected by the Fundação Bienal de São Paulo, will present Muros de Ar [Walls of Air].

Walls of Air explores ways to read, challenge, and transgress the material and immaterial boundaries of Brazil and its architecture.

The proposal embraces Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara’s proposal FREESPACE as a provocation both to question the different forms of walls that build, at multiple scales, the Brazilian territory, and to rethink architecture’s frontiers in the physical environment and in relation to other disciplines. Through collaborative research, Walls of Air proposes to reveal the forms of spatial and conceptual separations that have resulted from Brazil’s urbanization processes. Additionally, the Pavilion seeks to present a selection of projects and initiatives that reflect on architecture’s role in re-conceptualizing these barriers. The theme places the wall as an element of architecture, culture, and Brazilian identity and sees in its rupture an invitation to build a richer public sphere. The proposal thus opposes the homogenization, intolerance and extremism brought out by isolation and exclusion - it celebrates the richness of cohabitation instead of the indifference of coexistence.

Walls of Air is curated by Gabriel Kozlowski, Laura González Fierro, Marcelo Maia Rosa and Sol Camacho. The collective was formed to conceive Brazil's contribution to the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, the group of young architects represents the presence of Brazil in the world and the world in Brazil. This choice reflects, from its conception, a first approach to the theme by breaking with the country’s traditional image of single curator, while reinforcing Fundaçao Bienal’s vision for the country’s future; an open, participatory and plural future.