Submissions sought for Australia’s 2020 Venice exhibition

The creative directors of Australia’s exhibition at the 2020 Venice Architecture Biennale are seeking projects from across Australia and the wider Pacific region that “strengthen cultural understanding between non-Indigenous and First Nations peoples.”

Architects Tristan Wong and Jefa Greenaway were named as creative directors for the 2020 pavilion in October. Their proposal, titled In Between, will be delivered in collaboration with anthropologist Elizabeth Grant, writer and producer Tim Ross, designer Aaron Puls and architecture graduate Jordyn Milliken.

The exhibition seeks to embrace diversity, Indigenous heritage and explore how design, as a form of communication, can represent Indigenous and non-Indigenous narratives.

The project call out, available here, asks for projects that are consistent with this theme that were completed or initiated within the last decade.

“The creative directors are interested in exploring the roles and responsibilities of architects as often cultural interlocutors, demonstrating a responsibility or social contract in a practitioner’s meaningful role to speak to our authentic stories,” the document reads.

Respondents must explain how the project connects to or evokes Country, the extent of involvement of relevant Indigenous groups, and how the project “enhanced an Indigenous voice/s or agency.”

The submission period ends on 11 December.

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