An evening to introduce some of the themes adressed in the Dutch pavilion at the Venice Biennale Architettura 2020, entitled Who is We?
Het Nieuwe Instituut fuels the discussion surrounding Biennale curator Hashim Sarkis’ call for a ‘new spatial contract’ addressing how we will live together. According to Het Nieuwe Instituut, such a contract requires specific tools and insights for emancipating communities and ecosystems that have been marginalised by the dominant architecture canon. This canon still forms the basis of our buildings and cities, yet it is clear that it is inadequate for supporting a multiplicity of lifeworlds for humans and non-humans.
Who is We? presents a counter-language based on Other knowledge development, and pedagogies that make visible what is unseen, propagating inclusivity on all levels. This takes as its starting point the research and practice of architect Afaina de Jong and artist Debra Solomon.
Over the course of the evening we will start unpacking the themes addressed in the pavilion, while enjoying a sneak preview of the exhibition.