The exhibition project of the Great Britain Pavilion at the 2023 Biennale is based on methods and processes of collective construction, in order to avoid the exploitation of people and the planet.
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The architecture of the diaspora
The exhibition addresses the theme of diaspora architecture through the pre-colonial lens, celebrating its architectural varieties, respecting the practices and material knowledge of those communities.
"By bringing their value to the fore at a time of growing social polarization and ecological degradation – explain the curators - we intend to amplify previously neglected voices and perspectives in British architecture.
Our pavilion will take the architectural canon back into consideration through a joyful celebration of pluralism".
The exhibition takes stock of diasporic craftsmanship and material cultures as a contribution to a more sustainable future for British architecture, built on principles of care and equity with respect to the extraction and exploitation of materials.
Collective construction activities will be launched in the spaces of the pavilion with the collaboration and supervision of architects, researchers and makers.
- Jayden Ali is founding director of the interdisciplinary practice JA Projects and Senior Lecturer at Central Saint Martins;
- Joseph Henry is a designer and urban planner, co-founder of the Sound Advice platform and part of the Culture and Creative Industries Team at the Greater London Authority;
- Meneesha Kellay is the Curator of the Contemporary Program at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V & A);
Sumitra Upham is a curator and writer, currently Head of Public Programs at the Crafts Council.