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Uruguayan Pavilion at the 2021 Venice Biennale Explores Coexistence Around Two Playful Public Tables

Uruguayan Pavilion at the 2021 Venice Biennale Explores Coexistence Around Two Playful Public Tables

Coming soon. Visions from the minimum territory ("Próximamente") is the title of the Uruguay Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2021, which will take place between May 22 and November 21, 2021.

In order to answer How will we live together?, the statement proposed by the Venice Biennale 2021 curator Hashim Sarkis, the Uruguayan curatorial team led by Federico Lagomarsino, Federico Lapeyre, and Lourdes Silva replied with a playful montage that not only addresses a spatial but also temporal proximity.

As the curators state, "throughout time, the table has functioned as a device for narration and coexistence, making it a powerful communication field, where the public and the private, the domestic and the territorial can coexist. While in Uruguay we built a black table—a memorial in the public space of the city—, the white table travels to Venice. The generous architecture is proposed as a table-screen, available land to rehearse future futures. This table invites us to take a seat, immerse ourselves in a conversation and be part of it, at a time when human proximity has been put in crisis."

Cortesía de Equipo Curatorial Pabellón de Uruguay
Cortesía de Equipo Curatorial Pabellón de Uruguay
Cortesía de Equipo Curatorial Pabellón de Uruguay
Cortesía de Equipo Curatorial Pabellón de Uruguay
Cortesía de Equipo Curatorial Pabellón de Uruguay
Cortesía de Equipo Curatorial Pabellón de Uruguay

Get to know the official statement:

Understood as a series of audiovisual essays in 360 degrees, a decalogue of conversations is proposed combining the acts of prediction, fiction, and proposition, and building a possible atlas of the spaces to come. These conversations, debates, exchanges, and coexistence are the result of a process of research and work, which involved the construction of a film set in Montevideo, Uruguay. Its centrality, the consequence of a white table, is also the result of a work that involved more than sixty invited people, coming from different disciplinary fields, ages, and contexts.

Cortesía de Equipo Curatorial Pabellón de Uruguay
Cortesía de Equipo Curatorial Pabellón de Uruguay
Cortesía de Equipo Curatorial Pabellón de Uruguay
Cortesía de Equipo Curatorial Pabellón de Uruguay

As a diptych, both tables propose a space-time coexistence. The construction of the black table is the result of a public competition. It consists of a large black metal piece located in the Montevideo public space—a memorial— that rethinks the past and its consequences in the present, recreating a visiting table from a former prison and turning it into an urban table. In a complementary way, the white table is an invitation to build a place for dialogue and space from which we could enunciate the future. At the white table, politicians met and made urban promises, a cooperative planned its manifesto, a group of activists called for upcoming mobilizations, a seer announced the future, academics predicted their own deaths, adolescents proposed new cities, two enemies fought for their visions and friends celebrated when the table finally fell under its own weight.

Cortesía de Equipo Curatorial Pabellón de Uruguay
Cortesía de Equipo Curatorial Pabellón de Uruguay
Cortesía de Equipo Curatorial Pabellón de Uruguay
Cortesía de Equipo Curatorial Pabellón de Uruguay

Credits

Curatorial Team: Federico Lagomarsino, Federico Lapeyre, Lourdes Silva

Commissioner: Silvana Bergson
Production Assistant: Cecilia Matteo
Filming: Carpincho Contento
Director/Editor VFX: Mathías Chumino
VFX Artist: Luciano Correa
User Experience: Mar Colasso Soca, Juan Pablo Colasso Soca
Identity and Editorial Design: Marcos Villalba
Photography: Ignacio Correa
Style Correction: Anna Larroca
Italian Translation: Julia Berardozzi
English Translation: Virginia Gramaglia, Gustavo Hiriart, Sandra Moresino

Participants: Eduardo Álvarez Pedrosian, Rafael Álvarez, Mariana Amieva Collado, Andrea de Aurrecoechea, Adriana Barreiro, Adolfo Batista Saravia, Silvia Bellizzi, Magdalena Bessonart, Verónica Caracciolo, Eduardo Carozo, Cristian Curbelo, Cuervo, Cooperativa Covipedro, María de Lima, Bruno del Puerto, Daiana di Candia, Pablo Durán, Valeria España, Cristian Espinoza, Sebastián Estévez, William Falcon, Dina Fernández Chavez, Fernando Foglino, Olivia Fonticelli Amieva, Fernando García Amen, Lydia Garrido, Cecilia Giovanoni Pérez, Nicolás Guigou, Florencia Lindner, Elisa Llambías, Ana Laura López de la Torre, Mae Wilma, Alejandro Mazza, María Noel Míguez, Sandra Nedov, José Luis Olivera, Luis Oreggioni, Andrés Palermo, Ignacio Pardo, Cecilia Pascual Valverde, Lucía Pérez Pereira, Marcela Pini, Marina Piñeyro Rodríguez, Plan Ceibal Diseñando el Cambio, Cristian Rodríguez, Ramiro Sánchiz, Manuel Sclavo, Sandra Sifuentes, Carmen Silva, Willy Silva, Cristina Tirado, Daiana torres Vargas, Marcos Umpiérrez, Carlos Varela, Agustina Vigevani.

Production in Venice: Gustavo Vilariño

Thanks to:  Enrique Aguerre, Sergio Aldama, Carmen Balestié, Danisa Boyssonade, Yeiko Burgueño, José De Los Santos, Lucía Díaz Dessent, C.i.d. – Fablab-mvd, Alejandro Lagomarsino, Luis Lagomarsino, Nina Lagomarsino, José Luis Lapeyre, María Florencia Lapeyre, Alba Luz Pérez, Fernando Miranda, Mauricio Musitelli, José Miguel Onaindia, Marcelo Payssé, María Lourdes Pignatta, Municipio B, Clodomiro Silva, Carolina Tobler, Agustina Vigevani, Pol Villasus.

Sponsors: Uruguay Construction Chamber

Sponsors: avanzia, barraca paraná, conaprole, musitelli, pinturerías nalón

Federico Lagomarsino, Federico Lapeyre y Lourdes Silva. Image Cortesía de Equipo Curatorial Pabellón de Uruguay
Federico Lagomarsino, Federico Lapeyre y Lourdes Silva. Image Cortesía de Equipo Curatorial Pabellón de Uruguay

Institutional Credits

Presidencia de la República Oriental del Uruguay: Presidente: Luis Lacalle Pou.

Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores: Ministro: Francisco Bustillo Bonasso; Subsecretaria: Carolina Ache Batlle; Director General: Diego Escuder; Director general para asuntos culturales: Pablo Scheiner; Embajador del Uruguay en Italia: Ricardo Varela; Cónsul Honorario del Uruguay en Venecia: Claudio Scarpa.

Ministerio de educación y cultura: Ministro: Pablo da Silveira; Subsecretaria: Ana Ribeiro; Director general de secretaría: Pablo Landoni Couture; Directora nacional de cultura: Mariana Wainstein. 

Instituto Nacional de Artes Visuales: Coordinadora: Silvana Bergson; Equipo de gestión: Cecilia Bertolini, Verónika Herszhorn, Maximiliano Sánchez, Lucía Lin, Rosanna Lavarello, Mariana Cabrera, Verónica Mieres; Administración: Irene Buquet 

Programa de Internacionalización de la cultura uruguaya: Coordinador: Facundo de Almeida; Equipo de gestión: Natalia Silva, Victoria Contartese, Natalia mamberto.

Facultad de arquitectura, diseño y urbanismo –Universidad de la república: Decano: Marcelo Danza; Asistente académica: Carina Strata,

Con el apoyo de: Oficina de Comunicación y Publicaciones, Facultad de Arquitectura, Diseño y Urbanismo – Universidad de la República; Embajada de Italia en Uruguay; Uruguay xxi; Instituto Nacional de Artes Escénicas / Dirección Nacional de Cultura / Ministerio de Educación y Cultura.

We invite you to check out ArchDaily's comprehensive coverage of the Venice Architecture Biennale 2021, and watch our official playlist on Youtube featuring exclusive interviews with architects and curators of the Biennale.

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Cite: Dejtiar, Fabian. "Uruguayan Pavilion at the 2021 Venice Biennale Explores Coexistence Around Two Playful Public Tables" ["Próximamente: Visiones desde el territorio mínimo", el Pabellón de Uruguay en la Bienal de Venecia 2021] 20 May 2021. ArchDaily. (Trans. Valencia, Nicolás) Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/961999/uruguayan-pavilion-at-the-2021-venice-biennale-explores-coexistence-around-two-playful-public-tables> ISSN 0719-8884

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