Designer Mac Collins The British Pavilion, which is taking place at the World’s Fair this year, will feature a number of works by artists. Venice Architecture BiennaleThis exhibition explores how diasporic cultures around the globe design space.

The pavilion is a response to the theme of 18th Venice Architecture Biennale. Laboratory of the FutureThe exhibition, curated by academic and architect Lesley Lokko Explores decolonisation, decarbonisation.

The British Pavilion was curated by Jayden Ali, Maneesha Kelly, Joseph Henry, and Sumitra upham at the Venice Architecture Biennale.

The British Pavilion was curated by the founding director of architecture firm JA Projects Jayden Ali Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) curator Meneesha Kellay, alongside Sound Advice co-founder Joseph Henry The following are some examples of how to get started: Crafts Council Crafts CouncilSumitra upham, director of public programmes, will illustrate “how diasporic communities organise themselves and occupy their space”.

The pavilion is intended to showcase “the incredible diversity that we experience in Britain on a daily basis” by focusing attention away from the typical traditions of the built environment.

Photo of work by Jayden Ali at the British Pavilion
It explores and celebrates how global diasporic communities design space

Henry, co-founder of Sound Advice, told Dezeen that they wanted to ensure their pavilion reflected Lesley Lokko’s curatorial vision of the Laboratory of the Future.

We did this by inviting designers and artists from the diaspora, to display their work in the pavilion.

Photo of a sculpture by Mac Collins at the British Pavilion
Mac Collins’ work is included in the pavilion

“Our aim is to make the pavilion a place of possibilities,” said V&A curator Kellay.

“A space to shift the gaze and celebrate the ways diasporic cultures design, organise, and occupy space.”

Photo of Sarah Paulson's work at the British Pavilion
The pavilion has been commissioned by the British Council

Cultural organisation commissions artwork British CouncilThis year, the British Pavilion features works by designers and artists from around the world including designer Collins The architect Yussef Agbo-Ola.

The curators stated that they chose the designers based on their use of traditions from various communities around the world.

Photo of an art installation
Sandra Paulson’s article highlights the socioeconomic consequences of outdoor cleaning

Upham said, “Each installation is grounded in materials and the making of each piece, and acknowledges daily rituals from various global settings, which resist governing power and create space for different perspectives.”

“We hope that visitors will leave the exhibition with a sense curiosity and an openness to understanding and appreciating other cultures’ contributions to space production,” said Kellay. They might see parallels and similarities to their own cultural characteristics.

Collins’ work explores the pride British-Jamaicans have built up around their culture. Agbo-Ola highlights the textile and architecture traditions of Cherokee and Yoruba.

Madhav Kidao was also seen in other places. Nebbia Works Presents work that represents the Hinduism and Buddhism belief in the afterlife, and the artist Sandra Poulson This film shines a spotlight on outdoor cleaning, and its relation to socioeconomic standing. The artist concludes. Shawanda Corbett‘s work explores the spiritual practices in the American South.

Photo of a silver sculpture at the British Pavilion
Madhav Kidao is represented in the exhibition.

Alongside these exhibits, the curators have also developed their own installation – a large cinematic installation and film in the pavilion’s main hall.

This team’s goal is to “highlight the central role that rituals have in reflecting the community values and traditions of people living here in the UK”, focusing on the “energy of South Asians, Caribbeans and African communities”.

Photo of a collection of vessels by Shawanda Corbett
Each designer’s work was selected based on how it draws inspiration from different traditions.

Henry concluded, “We worked hard to ensure that we all had space to work in the areas of the pavilion where we are interested but also where we possess professional experience.”

“We encouraged each other to think beyond the curator’s role which is how we came up with some of our own work.”

Photo of an art piece by Yussef Agbo-Ola
They also produced a short film

Diversity played a major role in this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale. Lokko placed Africa at the forefront for the first-time, and more than half of the biennale’s 89 participants are from Africa or its diaspora.

The sustainability of the event this year was also important. Organisers aimed to achieve carbon neutrality based on international standard PAS2060.

The curators of Britain’s Pavilion, in order to align themselves with this, have made sure that their work can still be used after the event ends in November.

Photo of work at the British Pavilion
Lesley Lokko was the curator of this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale

Ali said that the majority of the exhibit is composed of large, specially commissioned objects.

He continued: “They will not end up being disposed but they will return to Britain and be rehoused, or rehomed.” “As a result, they challenge wastefulness in exhibitions because they are long-lasting.”

We kept other building elements like plinths and screens as minimal as possible. When they exist, we designed them to be disassembled and reused.

This year’s US Pavilion was curated by SPACES executive director Tizziana Baldenebro and Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland Lauren Leving is the curator, and while the Finnish Pavilion declared “the death of the flushing toilet”.

The photographer is Taran Wilkhu.

It is important to note that the word “you” means “you”. Venice Architecture Biennale The event takes place between 20 May and 26 November 2023. See Dezeen Events Guide You can find all the latest details you need to attend this event as well as an extensive list of architecture and design events that are taking place in other parts of the world.

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