BIENNALE ARCHITETTURA 2023 | THE LABORATORY OF THE FUTURE
An architecture exhibition is both a moment and a process. It borrows its structure and format from art exhibitions, but it differs from art in critical ways which often go unnoticed. Aside from the desire to tell a story, questions of production, resources and representation are central to the way an architecture exhibition comes into the world, yet are rarely acknowledged or discussed. From the outset, it was clear that the essential gesture of The Laboratory of the Future would be change.
These are a few words chosen by the Curator, architect, academic, and novelist Lesley Lokko to introduce the 18th International Architecture Exhibition titled The Laboratory of the Future. The Exhibition will be open to the public from Saturday 20 May to Sunday 26 November 2023 in the Giardini, Arsenale and Forte Marghera exhibition venues.
An exhibition in six parts, it includes 89 Participants, over half of whom are from Africa or the African Diaspora. The gender balance is 50/50 and the average age of all Participants is 43, dropping to 37 in the Curator’s Special Projects, where the youngest is 24.
The Laboratory of the Future programme will be enriched by Carnival, a six-month cycle of events, lectures, panel discussions, films, and performances, that explores the themes of the Biennale Architettura 2023.
As a closing remark while presenting the Exhibition, Lesley Lokko pointed out that “Central to all the projects is the primacy and potency of one tool: the imagination. It is impossible to build a better world if one cannot first imagine it”.