ALL CANALS LEAD TO VENICE
Around this time of the year, Venice becomes a congregation point of artists and creators, critics and dreamers, aficionados and spectators, students and professionals, as it hosts the Venice Biennale that alternates between art and architecture every other year.
This weekend, the Architettura La Biennale 2018 opens, following last year’s Art Biennale.
This year marks the second participation of the Philippines, which started in 2016, following its return to the Art Biennale in 2015 after a 51-year absence.
I’m here for the two-day preview and I can’t wait to see what the Philippines has got to show the world this time, under the curatorial theme “The City Who Had Two Navels,” inspired by the classic novel “The Woman Who Had Two Navels “ by National Artist for Literature Nick Joaquin.
Curated by Edson Cabalfin, the exhibition attempts to dissect architecture in the Philippines as a thinkpad of opposing forces, such as our colonial past versus our post-colonial anxieties over our future, or our struggles to integrate the built environment of our history into our visions of a future that is thoroughly our own.
The next two days are a preview to the Architecture Biennale. It opens to the public this weekend.
The Philippine Pavilion is at the main exhibition space Artiglierie in Arsenale, Venice, Italy.