Spazio Punch, Giudecca
Nigeria has chosen an industrial building (Spazio Punch) on Giudecca to present ‘Diminished Capacity’. This exhibition intends to analyze a historical transition, in which an evolution is necessary from the ‘country’ Africa into a continent with different cultures and structures. The ambition is to rewrite the history of Nigeria and look into new methodologies for this evolution.
A site-specific installation of the architect-artist Ola-Dele Kuku will be on display. He sees conflict as one of the driving mechanisms in our world, and as a tool to set change in motion. He uses drawings, installation and sculpture to revisit the traditional architectural forms of presentation.
“It’s an epochal moment; for the first time there will be a Nigerian Pavilion in which there is a strong interaction between social architecture and contemporary art, with a site-specific project of Ola-Dele Kuku. It’s time of an architectural practice to produce new work that demonstrates the visions and a new prospective of architecture to address the social and environmental issues of the 21st century.
It will not be a canonical architecture exhibition; but a really seductive contemporary art show with a strong concept from Ola-Dele Kuku. Working with drawing, installation and sculpture, he has revisited the mainstays of architectural representational methods – plan, elevation, section – to inject unsettling slippages into their rigorous formalism.”
Camilla Boemio, curator
More information can be found on the website of the pavilion of Nigeria.
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