Against the Tide: Chile’s Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale

Curated by Juan Román and José Luis Uribe, Chile’s pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale will present 15 architecture projects that aim to transform the daily life of people living in rural areas of the country.

Titled “Against the Tide,” the exhibition will feature the work of a new generation of architects – students from the School of Architecture of Talca. The projects were envisioned, designed and built by the students as part of their university graduation requirements.

© Felipe Aranda Quiroz

The projects examine “the realities of rural and decentralized Chile” and were built using local material and “leftover resources from agricultural processes.” 

Dining area with lookout / Javier Rodríguez Acevedo. Image Courtesy of Javier Rodríguez Acevedo

"The proposal focuses on the problem of the transformation of rural areas, associated with processes of agribusiness exploitation, and poses a critical look through the construction of a series of projects that relate to this new landscape,” stated the jury that selected Juan Roman as the curator. 

Talca: Lattice canopy structure. Image Courtesy of Carolina Solís

Chile’s participation at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia is organized by the National Council of Culture and the Arts (CNCA) with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs through its Cultural Affairs Bureau (DIRAC), and the Fundación Imagen de Chile.

Production support for Ñiquén: recycling materials and vernacular inspiration. Image © Yasna Monsalve

Curators: Juan Román, José Luis Uribe
Commissioner: Cristóbal Molina (National Council of Culture and the Arts of Chile)
Team: José Luis Uribe, Andrea Griborio, Victor Letelier, Sebastián Preece, Cristina Paoli, Fernando Valenzuela y Héctor Labarca
Exhibitors: Felipe Aranda, Ximena Cáceres, Claudio Castillo, Ximena Céspedes, Gabriel Garrido, Carolina Guerra, Juan Francisco Inostroza, Yasna Monsalve, Felipe Muñoz, Daniel Prieto, Javier Rodríguez, Jonnattan Silva, Carolina Solís, Tanya Vera, Cesar Verdugo

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Cite: ArchDaily Team. "Against the Tide: Chile’s Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale" [A Contracorriente: Pabellón de Chile en la Bienal de Venecia 2016] 11 May 2016. ArchDaily. (Trans. Watkins, Katie) Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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