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The Canada Council for the Arts proudly supports Canada’s official entry at 2018 Venice Biennale in Architecture, the world’s most prestigious international architecture competition.

Doubling its previous investment to enhance international exposure, the Canada Council for the Arts is making a contribution of $500,000 towards the 2018 exhibition and is, for the first time, also acting as its Commissioner.

2020 Venice Biennale in Architecture

Call for Expression of Interest

 

The Canada Council invites expression of interest to become Canada’s official representation at the 2020 Venice Biennale of Architecture, a prestigious international platform for engagement with critical conversations about contemporary architecture.

About Canada’s Official Entry: UNCEDED: Voices of the Land

Presented by internationally renowned architect and human rights activist Douglas Cardinal, and curated by Gerald McMaster and David Fortin, UNCEDED: Voices of the Land is the first Indigenous-led exhibition to be presented at the Venice Biennale in Architecture and showcases the work of 18 Indigenous architects and designers from across Turtle Island (Canada and the United States).

The exhibition explores 4 key themes: indigeneity, resilience, sovereignty and colonization through an immersive audio-visual experience complete with motion graphics, eye-to-eye life-size video projections and original soundscapes.

Experience design and audio-visual production by The Mustard Shop with Westbury National, and in consultation with Dave Plowman, Tim Hill and Iskwé.

Walls constructed by Gruppo Fallani, designed and managed by Douglas Cardinal Architect Inc. and audio-visual engineered by Westbury National.

UNCEDED is a celebration of Indigenous architecture that speaks to and from diverse landscapes, overcoming unforgiving limitations, and serving as a register of hope and pride across Turtle Island.

Exhibition rendering UNCEDED Voices of the Land
Exhibition rendering UNCEDED Voices of the Land Photo: Courtsey of Douglas Cardinal Architect Inc.

UNCEDED: Voices of the Land is one of the most riveting and transformative offerings at the Biennale this year; a poignant testimony of the power of architecture based on an Indigenous worldview. Acting as Commissioner, the Canada Council for the Arts is immensely proud to play a role in bringing this unique project to the world stage.

Simon Brault, Director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts

Key dates

Press Conference

May 24, 3:30 PM at the Arsenale, Isolotto

VIP Inauguration

May 24, 5:00 PM at the Arsenale, Isolotto

The exhibition is open to the public

May 26 - November 25, 2018

Owing to the unavailability of the Canada Pavilion during its restoration, UNCEDED: Voices of the Land is presented in the Venice Arsenale, while in the Canada Pavilion, the National Gallery presents: Canada Builds/Rebuilds a Pavilion in Venice from May 26-November 25, 2018.

Other cultural activities

To underscore this historic occasion, the Canada Council for the Arts is supporting the first-ever Indigenous performance at the Venice Architecture Biennale: Miigis by Red Sky Performance and a cultural exchange for members of the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective.

About the Presenter and Curators

Exhibiting Indigenous Architects and Designers

Read biographies of the 18 architects and designers

 

Ryan Gorrie

Ryan Gorrie

Jake Chakasim

Jake Chakasim

Wanda Dalla Costa

Wanda Dalla Costa

Ouri Scott

Ouri Scott

Matthew Hickey

Matthew Hickey

Two Row Architecture
Harriet Burdett-Moulton

Harriet Burdett-Moulton

Eladia Smoke

Eladia Smoke

Smoke Architecture
Tammy Eagle Bull

Tammy Eagle Bull

Encompass Architects, p.c.
Patrick Stewart

Patrick Stewart

Brian Porter

Brian Porter

Two Row Architecture
Alfred Waugh

Alfred Waugh

Formline Architecture
Ray Gosselin

Ray Gosselin

Ray Gosselin Architect Limited
David Thomas

David Thomas

Tamarah Begay

Tamarah Begay

Daniel Glenn

Daniel Glenn

7 Directions Architecture
Chris Cornelius

Chris Cornelius

studio:indigenous

The 16th International Architecture Exhibition is curated by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara and organized by La Biennale di Venezia chaired by Paolo Baratta.

The preview took place on May 24th and 25th, the awards ceremony and public opening were held on Saturday May 26th 2018. The Biennale Architettura 2018 is titled FREESPACE, a word which describes a generosity of spirit and a sense of humanity at the core of architecture's agenda.

The exhibition will also include 63 National Participations in the historic Pavilions at the Giardini, at the Arsenale, and in the historic city centre of Venice. 

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

Media contact:

Ashley Tardif-Bennett

Public Relations and Social Media Advisor

E-mail: Ashley.Tardif-Bennett@canadacouncil.ca

613-566-4414, ext. 6030

Toll free: 1-800-263-5588, ext. 6030

Cell: 343-998-2625

To book interviews with the members of the UNCEDED team:

Amélie Forcier

NATIONAL Public Relations

E-mail: aforcier@national.ca

514-843-2307

Cell: 514-799-7011

Sponsors and Institutional Partners

Canada

 

OCAD University

 

Canadian Museum of History | Musée canadien de l'histoire

 

 

Laurentian University

 

RAIC | IRAC Architecture Canada. The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC)