|Event realized for the Italian Pavilion at the Biennale Architettura 2023,promoted by Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity of the Ministry of Culture Italian Pavilion – Biennale Architettura 2023Curators: Fosbury ArchitectureCommissioner: Onofrio Cutaia Spaziale presenta|
Post Disaster Rooftops EP04Architects: Post DisasterAdvisors: Silvia Calderoni and Ilenia CaleoTaranto, Puglia
Post Disaster Rooftops EP04 is the title of the first of nine site-specific interventions for “Spaziale presenta,” the preparatory component of “Spaziale: Everyone Belongs to Everyone Else,” the project curated by Fosbury Architecture (Giacomo Ardesio, Alessandro Bonizzoni, Nicola Campri, Veronica Caprino, and Claudia Mainardi) for the Italian Pavilion at the 18th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, supported by the Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity of the Ministry of Culture.
This first intervention will take place in Taranto, Puglia, and will involve the Post Disaster collective (founded by Gabriele Leo, Gabriella Mastrangelo, Grazia Mappa, and Peppe Frisino) as architects, and performers, activists, and researchers Silvia Calderoni and Ilenia Caleo as advisors.
Post Disaster Rooftops EP04, the fourth episode of the Post Disaster Rooftops project, interprets rooftops as unconventional urban spaces – suspended between public and private – freed from the primary hegemonic forms of control. From the rooftops of Taranto’s Old City, it is possible to immediately recognize of the effects of the crisis (environmental, economic, social…) and, at the same time, to collectively imagine alternative futures through continuous shifts in perspective between the real and the possible.
“Italy is a constellation of fragile territories,” underlines Fosbury Architecture. “For some, catastrophe is sadly a cyclical event, for others an inescapable future, and for yet others, it would seem to have already happened. Coexisting with disaster is an issue that architects and planners can no longer shy away from, instead needing to imagine projects that attempt to concretely confront it.”
Overall, the project for the Italian Pavilion is based on Fosbury Architecture’s vision of Architecture as a research practice beyond the construction of buildings and Design as the result of collective and collaborative work that goes beyond the idea of the architect-author. “Space” is seen, in this view, as a physical and symbolic place, a geographical area and abstract dimension, a system of known references and a territory of possibilities.
In the period from January to April preceding the opening of the Biennale Architettura 2023, “Spaziale presenta” will monitor the activation of nine site-specific interventions in as many places, each representative of the Italian territory.
“Spaziale: Everyone Belongs to Everyone Else,” in the Italian Pavilion from May 20 to November 26, 2023, will be the formal and theoretical synthesis of the processes triggered in the nine regions in the previous months, providing a distinctive and original portrait of Italian architecture within the international context. The works in progress of “Spaziale presenta” and the activation of the nine interventions will be narrated step by step on the website www.spaziale2023.it and on the Instagram account @spaziale.presenta.
The curatorial design of the Italian Pavilion at the Biennale Architettura 2023 and all related details will be announced at a dedicated press conference (February/March 2023).
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Founded by Gabriele Leo, Gabriella Mastrangelo, Grazia Mappa, and Peppe Frisino, Post Disaster is an interdisciplinary collective, whose practice intersects spatial, performative, and editorial actions. Their research uses the metaphor of disaster interpreted as a territorial lens through which global dynamics and tensions can be understood.
SILVIA CALDERONI e ILENIA CALEO
Silvia Calderoni has worked as performer, actress, and author in the contemporary and Italian research scene since 2000. In 2006, she started a collaboration with the Motus Theatre Company, of which she is still an active member and principal performer.
Ilenia Caleo, with an education in philosophy, is a performer, activist, and researcher. Since 2000, she has been working as an actress, performer, and playwright in the contemporary scene, collaborating with various companies and directors.
Calderoni and Caleo met in 2012 at Teatro Valle Occupato as part of Motus’s Animale politico project and began a joint project that has included artistic residencies, research ateliers, and performances.
Fosbury Architecture (FA) is a collective practice founded in 2013 by Giacomo Ardesio (1987), Alessandro Bonizzoni (1988), Nicola Campri (1989), Claudia Mainardi (1987), and Veronica Caprino (1988). FA is a spatial agency interpreting architecture as a tool that mediates between collective and individual needs; expectations and resources; sustainability and pragmatism; environment and human beings. FA is a research group aiming at expanding the boundaries of the discipline, redefining its role, and rethinking its production processes in the perspective of current challenges. FA was curator of the monographic exhibition Characters at the Magazin Gallery in Vienna (2022), as well as of Urban Center in Prato at the Centro Pecci (2021/2022) and Milan 2030 at the Milan Triennale (2019). The collective has participated in numerous national and international Architecture Biennales, including Lisbon (2019), Versailles (2019), Chicago (2017), and Venice (2016). In addition, FA’s work has been exhibited in the group shows Take Your Seat supported by the ADI Design Museum in Milan; The State of the Art of Architecture at the Milan Triennale; Re-Constructivist Architecture at the RIBA Gallery in London; Adhocracy at the Onassis Center in Athens; and Mean Home at the British School in Rome.
FA has worked on numerous exhibition layouts, including Verde Prato (2019) at the the Centro Pecci, which was awarded an honorable mention for the TYoung Prize 2021. The collective edited, with Alterazioni Video, the publication Incompiuto, La Nascita di uno Stile(2018) supported by the then MIBACT (the current Ministry of Culture) and awarded an honorable mention for the Compasso d’Oro 2020.
Post Disaster © Gabriele Fanelli; Silvia Calderoni and Ilenia Caleo © Pietro Bertora; Fosbury Architecture © Luca Campri
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