Pavilion of Chile 2016 Venice Exhibition, Building, Architecture Design Images
Pavilion of Chile in Venice 2016
Against The Tide: Venice Exhibition Building, Italy – Curated by Juan Roman and José Luis Uribe
21 Apr 2016
Pavilion of Chile in Venice 2016
Design: Juan Roman and José Luis Uribe
Location: Venice, Italy
Dates: 28 May – 27 Nov 2016
Venue: Artiglierie dell´ Arsenale
Against The Tide
Pavilion of Chile at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. Curated by: Juan Roman and José Luis Uribe.
The National Council of Culture and the Arts (CNCA) is delighted to announce that architect and curator Juan Roman has been awarded the curatorship of the Pavilion of Chile at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. The national representation will be presented in Venice between 28 May and 27 November 2016, with the exhibition Against the tide (A contracorriente). Against the tide will be a curated exhibition comprised of 15 architectural projects by students aiming to transform the everyday lives of people living in rural regions of Chile. The Pavilion of Chile at the Biennale Architettura 2016 is organized by the National Council of Culture and the Arts of Chile, through its Architecture Unit.
Highlighting the originality of the project, appreciating the realities of rural and decentralized Chile, the Chilean Minister of Culture, Ernesto Ottone, announced the curatorial proposal that will represent Chile at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia.
“We want to congratulate the architect and curator Juan Roman for winning first place in this competition with his curatorial project Against the tide and for having the opportunity to represent Chile at the Biennale Architettura 2016. This is a truly important event for our country as the renowned Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena was appointed Director of the Architecture Sector, with the specific responsibility for curating the 15th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. Aravena won the Silver Lion at the Biennale Architettura 2008” said Minister Ottone.
Against the Tide exhibits the work of a younger generation of architects who have conceived, financed, designed, and constructed small architectural projects in order to obtain their professional degree in architecture. These projects have been built with minimal means, with leftover resources from agricultural processes and local materials easily available in a rural environment. The pavilion will present fifteen projects chosen for the exhibition, examining the training of these architects, and the customs of an extraordinary territory in Chile, outside the urban centres. Against the Tide will speak to the contrary direction in which some things move, accenting the customs and landscape of a rural world of forestry and agriculture, aiming to improve people’s everyday lives through architecture.
Against the tide, involves a team comprised of José Luis Uribe, Andrea Griborio, Victor Letelier, Sebastián Preece, Cristina Paoli, Fernando Valenzuela and Héctor Labarca, and has been conceived in relation to the curatorial concept proposed by Aravena for his exhibition as Artistic Director of the Biennale Architettura 2016. Aravena addresses the theme Reporting from the front, exploring the exemplary cases where architecture has helped people around the world win battles allowing them to have access to a better built environment and quality of life.
“The curatorial proposal of the Chilean Pavilion presents answers developed by the academic team led by Juan Román and his students at the School of Architecture of Talca. Their essential work explores how architectural practices contribute to help people living in precarious conditions and dealing with issues of scarcity in the territory of rural southern central Chile. The Architecture Biennale will be an important platform to achieve international recognition”, added Minister Ottone.
According to the jury that selected Juan Roman as the Curator, “the proposal focuses on the problem of the transformation of rural areas, associated with processes of agribusiness exploitation, and poses a critical look through the construction of a series of projects that relate to this new landscape”.
The jury commented further that this project was selected for its “conceptual and narrative consistency., The projects include ideas of recycling and waste which are of great architectural interest in answering social needs in the rural areas of south-central Chile.”
This will be the third Pavilion of Chile at the International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia led from the Architecture Unit of the National Council of Culture and Arts of Chile, following the exhibitions “Monolith Controversies” (curators Pedro Alonso and Hugo Palmarola) in 2014 winner of the Silver Lion for national representation, and “Cancha: Chilean Soilscapes” (curators Pilar Pinchart and Bernardo Valdes), 2012.
The Architect graduated from the Universidad de Valparaíso, with a Master’s degree in urban development from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and a PhD in architecture and heritage from the Universidad de Sevilla.
In 1998 he drafted the project for the creation of the Architecture School at the Universidad de Talca, where he remains on the faculty. He has given lectures at the Bienal Iberoamericana de Arquitectura y Urbanismo (Medellín, Colombia, 2010), Experimenta Urbana (Kassel, Germany, 2012), Congreso Arquine (Medellín, Colombia, 2015), and the Chilean Architecture Biennial (Valparaíso, Chile, 2015). His articles have been published in specialized architecture journals such as ARQ (Chile), CA (Chile), A+U (Japan), Summa + (Argentina), C3 (Korea), and World Architecture Magazine (China). He is the author of Ciudad Valle Central (2003) and editor of the Revista Talca (2009–2014). His contribution to the teaching of architecture in Chile is attested by a series of monographs published both in Chile and abroad: Talca, Cuestión de Educación (Editorial Arquine, 2013), Talca Inédito (Editorial Pequeño Dios, 2013), and Inhabiting the Territory (Quodlibet Studio, 2015). In 2015 he received the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture granted by the Locus Foundation in Paris, France. He is currently the director of the Architecture School of the Universidad de Talca.
JOSÉ LUIS URIBE
The architect graduated from the Architecture School of the Universidad de Talca, with a Master’s degree in the theory and practice of architectural design from the Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona-UPC. He participated as curator of Chilean architecture for the “Chile según Chile” issue of the magazine Zona de Proyecto (Argentina, 2012) and the “Chile: A New Generation” issue of Zeppelin magazine (Romania, 2014). He has lectured at the Graduate School of Design of Harvard University, the Escola da Cidade in São Paulo, Brazil, the Architecture School of the Universidad do Porto (Portugal), and Recyclart Art Center (Belgium). In 2013 he published Talca, Cuestión de Educación (Editorial Arquine, 2013), which was awarded the Premio Bienal Iberoamericana de Arquitectura y Urbanismo 2014 (IX BIAU) and the 2014 Architectural Book Award of the Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt. He has been appointed to the jury of the X Bienal Iberoamericana de Arquitectura y Urbanismo, to be held in 2016 in São Paulo, Brazil. He is currently a full-time professor at the Architecture School of the Universidad de Talca.
SUPPORTERS OF THE PAVILION OF CHILE 2016:
Chile’s participation at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia is organized by the National Council of Culture and the Arts (CNCA) with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs through its Cultural Affairs Bureau (DIRAC), and the Fundación Imagen de Chile
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