The international jury has awarded the prizes of the 18th International Architecture Exhibition, honoring project of reconstruction, decolonization (even less predictable places), reconciliation with the planet and the living.
“Terra [Earth]”, the Brazilian pavilion project, has won the Golden Lion for Best National Participation: a work that, in the words of curators Gabriela de Matos and Paulo Tavares, by inviting visitors to touch, feel, and smell the earth, invites them to recognize Brazil as an ancestral and diasporic territory, thus giving voice to a moment of reconstruction, repair, and restitution after hard years, a discourse built collectively with diverse populations.
DAAR, Decolonizing Architecture Art Research of Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti, has won the Golden Lion for the best participation in the exhibition The Laboratory of the Future: a long explorative journey on the meaning of decolonization between Palestine and Europe, touching Italy this time with the project on show in Venice, which has given the fascist architectures of Sicily a new meaning, in the contemporary context of migrations, “creating cracks in the work of architects who often create colonial architecture, separating ‘us’ from ‘them’" as Hilal has said.
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