How Will We All Live Together? | The 17th Biennale Architecture

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The 17th International Architecture Exhibition is currently taking place in Venice. This year’s theme, “How we will we all live together?”, has been curated by Hashim Sarkis. The theme for this year’s event was coincidently proposed pre pandemic but poses a very strong question for a post pandemic future.

The Biennale inauguration took place on May 22nd and will run until November 21st. Taking place at the Arsenale and the Central Pavillion, the Biennale is organized in 5 units: Among Diverse Beings, As New Households, As Emerging Communities, Across Borders, As One Planet.

Biennale President, Roberto Cicutto in his statement shared that “We open the Giardini and the Arsenale with an even greater awareness of just how much La Biennale’s work mirrors the contemporary world, which is here interpreted and sometimes foreshadowed by the proposals put forward by the curators and those who participate with their own work.”

It is no coincidence that the work at La Biennale often mirrors the times. Biennale is an exhibition of art and architecture which are channels of solving real problems. The architects were called to create spaces where people live together.

Curator Hashim Sarkis explains what is meant by living together:

“Together as human beings who, despite increasing individuality, yearn to connect with one another and with other species across digital and real space."

He adds: “together as new households looking for more diverse and dignified spaces for inhabitation; together as emerging communities that demand equity, inclusion, and spatial identity; together across political borders to imagine new geographies of association; together as a planet facing crises that require global action for all of us to continue living at all.”

Coming out of times of isolation, the return of La Biennale di Venezia, is a refreshing start reminder that we will all be “living together” again.

Lisa Zanon
Images: La Biennale di Venezia