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Venice Biennale 2018 - Australian Exhibition 'Repair'

Published: Friday, 22 December, 2017

Congratulations to Prof Paul Memmott who is a member of the winning team for curating the Australian architectural exhibit in the Venice Biennale for 2018; team led by Baracco + Wright architects, Melbourne.

Underwriting next year’s Australian contribution to the 2018 Venice Biennale is a realization that our collective history of building and city-making is also one of erasure: of landscapes and eco-systems. Led by architects Mauro Baracco and Louise Wright, the full curatorial team includes artist Linda Tegg, landscape architect Chris Sawyer, landscape architect and urban designer Tim O’Loan and trans-disciplinary researcher Paul Memmott.

The Australian Exhibition is titled 'Repair', and will see the installation of thousands of plants, aimed at creating an Australian grassland inside the Australian pavilion. Large scale projections above the plants will showcase Australian architecture that is conceived through an approach of repairing the ecosystems they occupy.

Through a colloborative process that will be documented as part of the catalogue, Baracco+Wright aim to create an immersive, provocative and memorable exhibition that leaves the visitor with a sense of an architecture culture that is evolving through new ways of addressing land degradation and climate change and that is profoundly affected by the everyday relationship with its natural landscape.

Read the article: Sowing the seeds of change

Venice Biennale 2018 Australian Exhibition Submission - 'Repair'