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Fair Concrete/La Feria Concreta: Dominican Republic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2014

00:00 - 15 June, 2014
Fair Concrete/La Feria Concreta: Dominican Republic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2014, © Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

Under the direction of Laboratorio de Arquitectura Dominicana (LAD), the Dominican Republic's first Pavilion at the Venice Biennale explored the intersection of architecture, urbanism, and politics through the lens of the Feria de la Paz y Confraternidad del Mundo Libre (The Fair of Peace and Brotherhood of the Free World), celebrated in 1955 in Santo Domingo. The fair was an attempt by the dictator Rafael Trujillo to project to the outside world a vision of a modern country firmly under his dictatorial control.

Venice Biennale 2014: Dominican Republic Seeks Funding for "La Feria Concreta" Documentary

00:00 - 21 April, 2014
Venice Biennale 2014: Dominican Republic Seeks Funding for "La Feria Concreta" Documentary, Fair of Peace and Fraternity of the Free World, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (1955). Image © Archivo General de la Nación
Fair of Peace and Fraternity of the Free World, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (1955). Image © Archivo General de la Nación

Venice Biennale 2014: Laboratorio de Arquitectura Dominicana to Curate Dominican Republic Pavilion

00:00 - 30 December, 2013
Venice Biennale 2014: Laboratorio de Arquitectura Dominicana to Curate Dominican Republic Pavilion, Fair of Peace and Fraternity of the Free World, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (1955). Image © Archivo General de la Nación
Fair of Peace and Fraternity of the Free World, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (1955). Image © Archivo General de la Nación

Laboratorio de Arquitectura Dominicana (LAD) has been selected to curate the Dominican Republic’s first pavilion for the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. Developed by Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo and inspired by Mussolini's 1942, the “exhibition will explore modern attitudes and local narratives around the 1955 Fair of Peace and Fraternity of the Free World.” 

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