‘January, February, March’ at the Venice Biennale 2023
Curated by the Tbilisi Architecture Biennale, the Georgian Pavilion in this year’s edition Venice Architecture Biennale will be home to ‘January, February, March’, an installation depicting still and living nature through the history of an artificially altered settlement in the Dusheti region of Georgia. More specifically, the pavilion will symbolically focus on water reservoirs, their creation and their impacts in the era of rapid political transformations and climate change. Designers and architects Gigi Shukakidze, Oto Nemsadze, and Tinatin Gurgenidze came together to come up with the installation, raising a number of questions along the way.
‘Jamaury, February, March’ – Venice Biennale 2023 | images © Tobias Schmitt, Gigi Shukakidze
exploring how man-made orders impact natural flows
‘How temporary is our footprint on the environment? When we mention energy flows, migration, time, and departure from the landscape itself, what flows are we really talking about? What are the costs of interrupting an order to create a new one? Can we take water as a determinant of order? To what extent can the spatio-political development of humans bring about changes in nature and society and vice versa? What physical and conceptual forms fade or remain with such transformations? Are natural creations, your memory, history, and artifacts that represent your past life permanent? What will be the vestige of the definition of such places and, above all, considering both global and local contexts, what is their future?’
The Georgia Pavilion will be housed in the II Giardino Bianco art space, during the 18th International Architecture Exhibition, which will be held from May 20 to November 26, 2023.
the pavilion will symbolically focus on the water reservoirs
depicting still life + living through the story of an artificially disturbed settlement in Dusheti
exploring human-made impacts and orders in nature
Name: January February March
Program: Venice Architecture Biennale 2023, 18th edition
curated by: Tbilisi Biennale of Architecture | @bienaldearquitecturadetbilisi
design: Gigi Shukakidze, Oto Nemsadze, Tinatin Gurgenidze
project group: Giorgi Vardiashvili Alexi Soselia Stefano Tornieri Pola Lado Kandashvili Giorgi Kartvelishvili Elene Pasuri Tamara Janashia Tato Kotetishvili
notary: Magda Guruli
images: © Tobias Schmitt, Gigi Shukakidze
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