Australian pavilion at Architettura Biennale defends Indigenous design
‘Entre’ is the title of the Australian flag at 17th International Architecture Fair – The Venice Biennale. This year’s pavilion theme celebrates Indigenous design and responds to the Biennale’s theme “How are we going to live together?”
The pavilion was hosted by Creative Directors Tristan Wong and Jefa Greenaway, along with Jordyn Milliken, Aaron Puls, Elizabeth Grant and Ash Parsons. It was designed to demonstrate the role architecture plays in strengthening cultural bonds and understanding between non-Indigenous peoples and First Nations, with a series of works that “demonstrate protection, rebirth and celebration. of native culture ”.
The pavilion curators say in a collective statement that the pavilion itself is designed to educate the world about Indigenous culture and how we might embrace certain customs and ideals of Indigenous peoples in our society.
“The pavilion examines how we might better preserve and integrate indigenous knowledge systems into architecture through thought and design processes that lead to deeper and more layered results. At the same time, it is also a matter of providing a stage for more vulnerable, isolated or simply less well-known islands, territories and atolls. The multiple effects of “Western” occupation, migration and climate degradation will one day see some of these unique populations on the verge of dislocation and irreversible cultural impact, ”it says.
The Inbetween pavilion revolves around the idea of connecting and sharing with neighbors. Australian conservatives have called on members of the Polynesian, Melanesian and Micronesian nations to contribute work relevant to the pavilion, as all nations face similar adversities brought on by European colonization, which still affect these particular regions. The architecture itself is a space for memories of the past, and the pavilion has sought to show this by presenting a range of eclectic works within a single exhibition.
Walking through the exhibition is likened to walking on terrain reminiscent of the countryside, with red earth covering the pavilion floor. Visitors make their way through the pavilion, using their senses to connect to the virtual landscape, which in turn reinforces the centrality of the country. The rectilinear walls of the gallery have been removed by the curators, which ensures a continuous canvas on which the works are exhibited.
The pavilion will be presented physically and digitally at the Giardini from May 22 to November 21, 2021.