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The V&A Presents "A World of Fragile Parts" at the Venice Biennale's Applied Arts Pavilion

14:45 - 26 May, 2016
Dar Abu Said, Shelter 12N 122, scan © Sam Jacob Studio_1. Image Courtesy of The Victoria & Albert Museum
Dar Abu Said, Shelter 12N 122, scan © Sam Jacob Studio_1. Image Courtesy of The Victoria & Albert Museum

The Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) has collaborated with La Biennale di Venezia on the Special Project Applied Arts Pavilion with an exhibition called A World of Fragile Parts. The project will examine threats faced by global heritage sites and how copies can act as an aid in the preservation of cultural artifacts.

“Climate change, natural disasters, urbanisation, mass tourism and neglect, as well as recent violent attacks have brought the risks faced by many heritage sites and cultural artefacts into public conversation," states the A World of Fragile Parts press release, outlining the concerns of the project. "Artists, activists and educational institutions are beginning to respond to the urgent need to preserve by exploring opportunities provided by digital scanning and new fabrication technologies. Several key questions emerge: What do we copy and how? What is the relationship between the copy and the original in a society that values authenticity? And how can such an effort be properly coordinated at a truly global and inclusive scale?”

Photo by Andrea Avezzù. Image Courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia Photo by Andrea Avezzù. Image Courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia Photo by Andrea Avezzù. Image Courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia Photo by Andrea Avezzù. Image Courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia + 38