Venice Architecture Biennale 2021
The 17th International Architecture Exhibition runs from 22 May to 21 November 2021, curated by architect and scholar Hashim Sarkis. “We need a new spatial contract. In the context of widening political divides and growing economic inequalities, we call on architects to imagine spaces in which we can generously live together”, Sarkis has commented.
Hashim Sarkis has been Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) since 2015. He earned a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design, and a PhD in Architecture from Harvard University. He is the author and editor of several books and articles on modern architecture history and theory.
The Philippine Pavilion exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2021, Structures of Mutual Support, explores how the principles of mutual support can propose alternative methods of living and building together that give primacy to collaboration and participation: by practicing mutual support, by understanding mutual support through a discourse with thinkers and practitioners within the exhibition catalogue, and lastly by sharing the experience and understandings developed in the process of making the building and the catalogue for the Philippine Pavilion.
The curator for the Philippine Pavilion exhibition, Framework Collaborative, is composed of architects Sudarshan V. Khadka Jr. and Alexander Eriksson Furunes, working in collaboration with the members of GK Enchanted Farm community. The curatorial concept of the pavilion is rooted in the practice of the two architects Khadka and Furunes as well as the ongoing artistic PhD “Learning from Bayanihan/Dugnad” (Alexander Eriksson Furunes, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, 2016-21). One of their projects is Streetlight Tagpuro, a post-disaster rebuilding project in Tacloban after super-typhoon Haiyan. The project won the Civic and Community Category and the Small Project of The Year Award at the World Architecture Festival 2017. Their practice has been nominated for the Architectural Review Emerging Architecture Awards 2021.
The GK Enchanted Farm community is composed of members of the Gawad Kalinga Community Development Foundation, a Philippine-based civic movement that was formally established in 2003.
The Philippine Pavilion at the Artiglierie in the Arsenale will have its vernissage and opening ceremonies on May 20, 2021. The Philippine participation at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia is a collaborative undertaking of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), and the Office of Deputy Speaker and Congresswoman Loren Legarda. The Commissioner of the Philippine Pavilion is Arsenio “Nick” J. Lizaso, Chairman of the NCCA.
The building was built in the Philippines, and shipped to Venice. It will later return to the community.
Text by La Biennale di Venezia and the Philippine Arts in Venice Biennale (PAVB), National Commission for Culture and the Arts.