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The Canada Council for the Arts proudly supports the 2018 Venice Biennale in Architecture, the foremost international platform to engage critical conversations on contemporary architecture.

Doubling its previous investment to enhance international exposure, the Canada Council for the Arts is making a contribution of $500,000 towards the 2018 presenter’s exhibition.

About UNCEDED, the selected 2018 Canadian Presenter

Canadian Presenter Douglas Cardinal with Co-Curators David Fortin and Gerald McMaster
Canadian Presenter Douglas Cardinal with Co-Curators David Fortin and Gerald McMaster Photo: Courtesy of Douglas Cardinal Architect Inc.

The UNCEDED exhibition is led by internationally renowned architect, philosopher, human rights activist, Officer of the Order of Canada and “World Master of Contemporary Architecture,” Douglas Cardinal, along with Anishnawbe Elders and Indigenous Co-curators:

  • Gerald McMaster, curator, author, and professor of Indigenous Visual Culture and Critical Curatorial Studies at OCAD University (Toronto, ON)
  • David Fortin, architect, Incoming Director of the McEwen School of Architecture at Laurentian University and member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s Indigenous Task Force (Sudbury, ON).

Joining them is a decorated group of Indigenous architects from across North America, including Patrick Stewart, Chairman of the Indigenous Task Force, Associate Professor at the McEwen School of Architecture at Laurentian University and the first person of First Nations ancestry elected as President of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia.

UNCEDED will emphasize and celebrate the work of Indigenous architects and designers throughout Turtle Island. It is grounded in the legacy of the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Report.

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In its 16th edition since 1980, the Venice Architecture Biennale is the most important and prestigious exhibition in contemporary architecture. Two historical locations, the Giardini and the Arsenale, will host the international curated exhibitions. In addition over 70 national representations will be showcased in these locations and around the city. A meeting place for architects, artists, designers, planners, builders, politicians, students, teachers and cultural leaders, the 2018 edition expects more than 300,000 visitors to experience the cutting edge of architecture and architectural discourse.

Proposals were reviewed by a peer-assessment committee that included the following members:

  • John Shnier - founding partner, Kohn Shnier Architects and Associate Professor at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture Landscape and Design at The University of Toronto (Toronto, ON).
  • Lola Sheppard - founding partner, Lateral Office and Associate Professor at the University of Waterloo (Toronto, ON).
  • Nancy Marie Mithlo, Ph.D. - Sabbatical leave 2017/18: Visiting Scholar, University of California Los Angeles Institute of American Cultures, American Indian Studies Center, George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation Fellow, Brown University, Getty Research Institute Guest Researcher, Associate Professor of Art History and Visual Arts, Occidental College (Los Angeles, CA).
  • Eduardo Aquino - Associate Professor at the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Manitoba (Winnipeg, MB).

Along with the winning project, the proposals from the following firms made the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale shortlist:
Ja Architecture Studio (Toronto, ON);
Patkau Architects (Vancouver, BC);
Scapegoat: Architecture / Landscape / Political Economy (Toronto, ON).

  • 2016 Opsys, Extraction www.extraction.ca
  • 2014 Lateral Office, Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15 www.arcticadaptations.ca
  • 2012 5468796 Architecture Inc, Migrating Landscape www.5468796.ca/#mlo
  • 2010 Philip Beesley Architect Inc., Hylozoic Ground www.philipbeesleyarchitect.com
  • 2008 Cambridge Galleries, 41° to 66°: Architecture in Canada – Region, Culture, Tectonics
  • 2006 Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, SweaterLodge
  • 2004 Saucier & Perrotte Architectes, Found Objects www.saucierperrotte.com
  • 2002 Inter Access: Electronic Media Arts Centre and Alphabet City, Next Memory City - Toronto: Venice - Michael Awad, Eve Egoyan and David Rokeby www.interaccess.org
  • 2000 Canadian Centre for Architecture, Melvin Charney’s UN DICTIONNAIRE...

For more information

Pao Quang Yeh

Program Officer, Arts Abroad

E-mail: paoquang.yeh@canadacouncil.ca

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 Philip Beesley Architect Inc., Hylozoic Ground
Hylozoic Ground, Venice Biennale, 2010 Photo: Pierre Charron ©Philip Beesley Architect Inc.