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Georgian Pavilion explores the relationship between the flow of time and energy in Venice Biennale

Georgia Architecture News - Feb 28, 2023 - 17:11   2587 views

Georgian Pavilion explores the relationship between the flow of time and energy in Venice Biennale

The Georgian Pavilion has released details about its theme and exhibition at this year's Venice Architecture Biennale. 

Titled January, February, March, the Georgian Pavilion is curated by the Tbilisi Architecture Biennial. Focusing on the relationship between the flow of time and energy, the pavilion will "represent dead and living nature through the story of an artificially altered settlement in the Dusheti region of Georgia."

The Venice Architecture Biennale 2023 will take place from Saturday 20 May to Sunday 26 November, 2023 at the Arsenale and Giardini venues in Italy. 

The theme of the 18th Venice Architecture Biennale is The Laboratory of the Future curated by Lesley Lokko.

Georgian Pavilion explores the relationship between the flow of time and energy in Venice Biennale

Sludged Landscape. Image © Tobias Schmitt

Hosted by the art-space II Giardino Bianco, throughout the time of the 18th International Architecture Exhibition, the curators stated that the pavilion will "symbolically focuse on water reservoirs, their creation, and their impacts in the age of rapid political transformations and climate change."

The pavilion will mainly spark these questions; How temporary is our footprint on the environment? When we mention the flows of energy, migration, time, and the outflow of the landscape itself, what flows are we really speaking of?.

What are the costs of disrupting an order to create a new one? Can we take water as a determinant of order? To what extent can the spatial-political development of humans bring changes in nature and society and vice versa? What physical and conceptual forms fade or remain with such transformations?.

Are the natural creations – their memory, history, and artifacts signifying their past life – permanent? What will be the vestige of defining such places, and, above all – considering both global and local contexts – what is their future?.

Georgian Pavilion explores the relationship between the flow of time and energy in Venice Biennale

Zhinvali Village _1985 (currently under water). Image © Otar Chonkadze

Tbilisi Architecture Biennial was founded in 2017, as a platform unifying local and international professionals. 

Every two years it organizes exhibitions, installations, workshops, symposiums, and activities around a critical, timely issue of focus. 

The Tbilisi Architecture Biennial held its third edition between October 8 – 29, 2022, discussing the subject of temporality in urban and social contexts. 

Georgian Pavilion explores the relationship between the flow of time and energy in Venice Biennale

January, February, March. Image © Gigi Shukakidze

Project authors include Gigi Shukakidze, Otar Nemsadze and Tinatin Gurgenidze. 

Project team in comprised of Giorgi Vardiashvili, Aleksi Soselia, Stefano Tornieri, Lado Kandashvili, Giorgi Kartvelishvili, Elene Pasuri, Tamar Janashia, Tato Kotetishvili, Giorgi Kolbaia, Mariam Elene Gomelauri. Commissioner is Magda Guruli.

Georgian Pavilion explores the relationship between the flow of time and energy in Venice Biennale

Dead Root. Image © Gigi Shukakidze

Other pavilions also announced their themes and details for the 2023 Venice Architecture Biennale, such as Gabriela De Matos and Paulo Tavares were announced as the curators of the Brazilian Pavilion, the Danish Pavilion will explore Coastal Imaginaries curated by Josephine Michau.

In addition, Turkey Pavilion, curated by SO? co-founders Sevince Bayrak and Oral Göktaş, will investigate Ghost Stories: Carrier Bag Theory of Architecture, the U.S. Pavilion will explore the world’s complex relationship to plastic and the British Pavilion will explore Dancing Before The Moon, curated by Joseph Henry, Meneesha Kellay, Sumitra Upham, at this year's exhibition.

Top image: Zhinvali Reservoir. Image © Gigi Shukakidze.

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