Real and imaginary Queenstown
There are Queenstowns all over the former British Empire: in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Africa and both Americas.
A place both local and global, it is the emblem of the decolonial struggle all over the world. Intertwining between real and imaginary Queenstown, the exhibition intends to question the relationship between people and the environment under the logic of colonialism and resource extraction.
See also: Architecture Biennale 2023: information, calendar and updates
Why unsettling Queenstown?
To answer the call to "chart a path through which the public can intertwine, imagining for themselves what the future may hold", the exhibition will present a process of 'demapping', revealing hidden stories of the country in which the colonies were built.
“unsettling Queenstown – explain the curators – combines decolonial theory and practice, weaving together elements of real places of the current architectural intelligence in search of ingredients to contribute to The Laboratory of the Future from Venice."
In the center of the Pavilion hangs a model of the city's Empire Hotel belvedere, a ghostly fragment of colonial architecture, accompanied by sounds, voices and images.
The Australian Pavilion building
The first Pavilion to be built at the Giardini in the 21st century, it was designed by Denton Corker Marshall in 2015.
See also: Biennale 2023, Italian Pavilion: the curators and the theme
Anthony Coupe FRAIA - Director - Mulloway Studio
Founding director of Mulloway Studio, he is interested in the intersection of cultural storytelling and architectural expression. His practice embraces different typologies: urban design, architecture and exhibitions, where the design process is underpinned by storytelling and social responsibility.
Ali Gumillya Baker - Indigenous Associate Professor - Flinders University. Unbound Collective
Julian Worrall RAIA - Professor of Architecture, Director - School of Architecture and Design, University of Tasmania
Emily Paech - Interpretation + Urban Environments Project Manager - Mulloway Studio
Sarah Rhodes - Artist Photographer
she uses post-documentary practice to explore the ways in which the external environment shapes the internal world. She lives and works in Lutruwita (Tasmania), her attention is directed to the indivisibility of person and place.
she Won the Women's Art Prize Tasmania 2020 and the New York Photo Award (Fine Art) 2011. she Received her PhD from the University of Tasmania in 2023.
Australian Pavilion, Biennale 2023, in brief
- Title: unsettling Queenstown
- Curators: Anthony Coupe FRAIA, Ali Gumillya Baker, Julian Worrall RAIA, Emily Paech, Sarah Rhodes
- Organizer: Australian Institute of Architects
- Commissioner: Janet Holmes à Court AC
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