Architecture Biennale 2023: Golden Lion to the DAAR project and to Brazil

Il Golden Lion for the best participant in the 18th Exhibition The Laboratory of the Future was assigned to THERE Of Alessandro Petti e Code Hilal for their work in Borgo Rizzo, Sicily, reflecting on the reuse and subversion offascist architecture. The jury decided to award the couple “for their long-standing commitment to deep political involvement with architectural practices and learning about decolonization in Palestine and Europe”.

«I would like to remember the ten years spent in Palestine – commented Petti during the award ceremony – a country in which the request for decolonization meant a lot to me. He also gave me the courage to ask what decolonization means in Europe today. The project you will see at the Arsenale tries to answer this question».

Il Golden Lion for the best National Participation was won by Pavilion of Brazil (at the Gardens) with the installation Terra which proposes a reinterpretation of the representations of national identity. «We dedicate this award to all the Afro-Brazilians who shared their knowledge with us. They are the ones who hold the earth together, who really care about our planet,” commented the curators.

Leone d’argento for a promising young participant was assigned to Olalekan Jeyifousfor his multimedia installation that explores a world-building practice capable of broadening the public’s perspectives and imagination, offering visions of a decolonized and decarbonised future” (on display at the Giardini, Central Pavilion).

The special mentions have been given to the works of Sammy Baloji (Twenty Nine Studio), Thank you Loewenson e you Wolff Architectswhile, among the National Participations, the winner is the Pavilion of Great Britain with the installation Dancing Before the Moonawarded “for the curatorial strategy and the design proposals that celebrate the power of daily rituals as forms of resistance and as spatial practices in diaspora communities”.

Il Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement was delivered to Baba (Nigerian honorific) Demas Nwoko, architect, sculptor, designer, writer, set designer, critic and historian. The assignment was approved by the Board of Directors of the Biennale chaired by Roberto Cicutto, on the proposal of the Curator of the 18th Exhibition Lesley Lokko. In the motivation his approach to architecture is found below different points of vieweven on an immaterial level, and his desire to to melt e synthesize rather than sweep away.

He was one of the first Nigerian creatives of space and form a criticize Nigeria’s dependence on the West for imported materials and goods, as well as ideas, and has always been committed to using local resources. At the Biennale there is a small but precious and articulated exposure of his work set up in Stirling Pavilion to the gardens.

I Leoni of gold were announced on Saturday 20 May by the jury chaired by the Italian architect and curator Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli and composed by the Palestinian architect and curator Nora Akawi; by the director of the Studio Museum in Harlem, the American Thelma Golden; by the editor of Cityscape Magazine, the South African We’ve been hated; by the Polish architect and teacher Isabella Wieczorek.


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