The name of the Italian Pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia is "Spaziale"
The name of the Italian Pavilion, curated by the Fosbury Architecture collective (Giacomo Ardesio, Alessandro Bonizzoni, Nicola Campri, Veronica Caprino and Claudia Mainardi), was unveiled on December 14 and, starting in January, the first phase of Italy's participation program at the 18th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia 2023 will get underway. The international biennial event, curated by architect, professor of architecture and writer Lesley Lokko, will run from May 20 to November 26, 2023 (with pre-opening on May 18 and 19) in the usual location of the Giardini and Arsenale in Venice.
"SPAZIALE: Ognuno appartiene a tutti gli altri" ("SPAZIALE: everyone belongs to everyone else"), as the project for the Italian Pavilion has been named, will be divided into two preparatory parts.
During the first phase entitled "Spaziale presenta", which will take place from January to April 2023, 9 site-specific interventions will be carried out in as many selected locations in Italy. The second phase, instead, which coincides with the period of the Venice Architecture Biennale set to run from May 20 to November 26, 2023, will take place within the Italian Pavilion and will concern "the formal and theoretical synthesis of the processes triggered in the 9 locations in the previous months". The goal is to convey "a different and original image of Italian architecture in the international context". The project responds to the vision of Architecture theorised by the curators. For the Fosbury Architecture collective, in fact, Architecture is a research practice that goes beyond the construction of artefacts and Design, to be understood as the result of collective and collaborative work, going beyond the mere architect-author idea. In this vision, "space" is understood as a "physical and symbolic place, a geographical area and abstract dimension, a system of known references and a territory of possibilities".
As Fosbury’s architects explain, the Italian Pavilion offers an opportunity to promote pioneering actions that may extend beyond the duration of the Architecture Biennale, giving life to collective projects in the territories involved. Characteristics that, for Onofrio Cutaia, Director General of Contemporary Creativity for the Ministry of Culture, enclose a contemporary vision of the figure of the architect as "someone who knows how to relate with the different communities and territories in an innovative and original way".
Images courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia and Fosbury Architecture
Padiglione Italia, Tese delle Vergini, Arsenale, Photo by Giulio Squillacciotti, Courtesy La Biennale di Venezia
Fosbury Architecture photo by © Luca Campri, courtesy of Fosbury Architecture
ITALY Pavilion – RESILIENT COMMUNITIES - curated by Alessandro Melis
17th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, How will we live together?
Photo by Andrea Avezzù Courtesy La Biennale di Venezia