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The Evening Standard, 29.05.18: Venice Architecture Biennale Tackles Trump, Brexit And #MeToo With Earnestness And Beauty

Una recensione nel London’s Evening Standard fa riferimento con lode alla Laguna Viva di We are here Venice situata alla V-A-C Foundation, e soprattutto, riprende l’intrinseca contraddizione con il tema della Biennale di Architettura di quest’anno:

Its baggily positive theme of “Freespace”, chosen by Irish practice Grafton Architects, is at odds with the reality and power of the biennale in its host city. A large chunk of Venice’s eastern end is segregated, open only to ticket holders, including the Giardini — the island’s main green space — and the historic Arsenale, where the Venetian empire’s ships were built.

“Like an alien spaceship, the biennale lands in Venice every year, maintaining its lifelines to other worlds… while keeping itself detached from the city,” argues the Forum Futuro Arsenale, which is calling for free passage through the area for Venetians.

In the past, the biennale organisation engaged with Venice directly by funding local projects, but these days neither the bureaucracy, curators, nor exhibitors deal much with the city itself.

One exception this year was a miniature living salt marsh by We Are Here Venice (a local group) working with Assemble, installed at the artsy V-A-C Foundation as a reminder of the fragility of the lagoon’s ecology.

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