“Not For Sale!”: The Canadian Pavilion Investigates Housing Alienation on the 2023 Venice Structure Biennale
The Canada Council for the Arts has chosen the curatorial collective Architects Towards Housing Alienation (AAHA) to signify Canada on the 18th Worldwide Structure Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia 2023, with the Not for Sale! exhibition. The pavilion, open from Could 20th till November 26th, 2023, goals to attract consideration and encourage dialogue on potential options to the challenges generated by the housing disaster within the nation.
Architects Towards Housing Alienation got down to remodel the Canadian Pavilion within the Giardini right into a marketing campaign headquarters for eligible housing that strikes past the idea of property and the “financialized type of structure” that it implies. This is available in response to a big selection of points starting from widespread unaffordability, under-housing, precarious housing, and homelessness. The group understands this disaster and international phenomenon as being heightened in Canada, because the nation’s financial system is closely reliant on speculative actual property.
The marketing campaign to finish housing alienation predates the Venice Biennale, because the AAHA collective was shaped in 2021 with this objective. For the subsequent six months, the Canadian Pavilion in Venice will function a brief headquarters, a spot of gathering for the ten groups who’re spearheading the marketing campaign. The crew members embody activists, architects, and advocates who deliver experience and compassion to the problems of housing justice. The collaborative effort goals to create momentum and a shared give attention to the continued work to create a brand new housing system.
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It’s essential that we reply to Canada’s deep housing disaster. Along with Indigenous leaders, activists, advocates, and designers, we are going to create a marketing campaign for accessible and inexpensive housing for all.” — Architects Towards Housing Alienation (AAHA)
Different nationwide pavilions have additionally introduced their exhibition themes, with a few of them additionally specializing in the housing disaster and the position of actual property firms. The Estonian Pavilion seeks to discover the contradiction between the residing place as a house and as an trade worth on the planet of actual property. On the same notice, the Bulgarian Pavilion focuses with regards to depopulation, city decline, and rural flight, whereas the Türkiye Pavilion investigates the tales and hidden potential of unused buildings. In an unique interview for ArchDaily, curator Lesley Lokko explains her selection for the overall theme of the Biennale, Africa: Laboratory of the Future, as an invite for each the viewers and the curators to suppose in a different way, past the handy stereotypes, and extra emphatically.