“January, February, March” at the Venice Biennale 2023
The Georgian pavilion at this year’s is curated by the Tbilisi Architecture Biennale Venice Architecture Biennale hosts “January, February, March” – an installation depicting dead and living nature through the history of an artificially modified settlement in the Dusheti region of Georgia. More specifically, the pavilion will symbolically focus on water reservoirs, their formation and impact in the age of rapid political change and climate change. Designers and architects Gigi Shukakidze, Oto Nemsadze and Tinatin Gurgenidze teamed up to design the installation, raising a number of questions in the process.
“Jamaury, February, March” – Venice Biennale 2023 | Images © Tobias Schmitt, Gigi Shukakidze
investigate how man-made orders affect natural flows
“How temporary is our footprint in the environment? When we talk about the flows of energy, migration, time, and the runoff of the landscape itself, which flows are we actually talking about? What is the cost of interrupting a job to create a new one? Can we assume water as the determinant of order? To what extent can the spatial-political development of humans bring about changes in nature and society and vice versa? What physical and conceptual forms fade away or remain in such transformations? Are the natural creations—their memory, history, and artifacts that mark their past lives—permanent? What will remain of the definition of such places, and most importantly – considering global and local contexts – what does their future hold?’
The Georgian Pavilion will be hosted by the II Giardino Bianco art space throughout the period of the 18th International Architecture Exhibition, which will be held from May 20 to November 26, 2023.
The pavilion will symbolically focus on water reservoirs
represents the dead + living nature through the story of an artificially altered settlement in Dusheti
Research into man-made influences and orders on nature
Surname: January February March
program: Venice Architecture Biennale 2023, 18th edition
curated by: Architecture Biennale Tbilisi | @tbilisiarchitecturebiennale
Design: Gigi Shukakidze, Oto Nemsadze, Tinatin Gurgenidze
project team: Giorgi Vardiashvili Alexi Soselia Stefano Tornieri Pola Lado Kandashvili Giorgi Kartvelishvili Elene Pasuri Tamara Janashia Tato Kotetishvili
commissioner: Magda Guruli
Pictures: © Tobias Schmitt, Gigi Shukakidze
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