fter last year’s cancellation due to the Covid-19 crisis, the Venice Biennale is back with its 17th International Architecture exhibition.
From May 22nd to November 21, 2021, the Venice Biennale will open its doors to visitors in compliance with the health regulations in force. Some of the rules of entry have been changed to better manage the public health emergency. Tickets can only be purchased online and it will be necessary to book a visit to each exhibition space (Giardini and Arsenale) as in guided tours.
However, the program as always offers plenty to see, including installations and side events. First off, there is “How will we live together”, an exhibition which, under the guidance of the Biennale’s director Hashim Sarkis, has gathered 112 participants coming from 46 countries, especially in Africa, Latin America and Asia, in equal representation of men and women. Located in the Arsenale and the Biennale’s Central Pavilion, the exhibition’s five thematic scales include connections with other participations, from a collaboration with the Biennale Danza to the exhibition Future Assembly, a group exhibition by Studio Other Spaces. Among the installations that can be missed, “How will we play sport together”, exhibited at Forte Marghera, looks at the subject of play and sharing.
Living together and sharing spaces is indeed theme of this Biennale, which Hashim Sarkis presented in July 2019, inviting architects to “imagine spaces in which we can generously live together” in the current environment where political divisions and rapidly increasing economic inequalities often predominate.
In light of new and inevitable forms of isolation emerging from the pandemic, the director of the Venice Biennale wanted to bring this subject up-to-date by reiterating the reasons which inspired him two years ago where “the intensifying climate crisis, massive population displacements, political instabilities around the world, and growing racial, social, and economic inequalities, among others - have led us to this pandemic and have become all the more relevant.”
Now more than ever, the Venice Biennale has become a symbol of this consideration, and its in-person opening has become an explicit invitation to better understand the current issues in order to propose one or more possible solutions together.
Where: Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
When: May 22 – November 21, 2021