Opening May 26, the U.S. Pavilion at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale will present installations exploring different facets of the theme “Dimensions of Citizenship.” The curators (Niall Atkinson, associate professor of art history at the University of Chicago; Ann Lui, assistant professor at School of the Art Institute of Chicago, or SAIC, and co-founder of Chicago-based Future Firm; Mimi Zeiger, a Los Angeles-based architecture critic, curator, and educator; and associate curator Iker Gil, director of MAS Studio and SAIC faculty member) have commissioned seven architecture and design teams to each explore a specific aspect of the Pavilion’s theme, grappling with questions of belonging, sovereignty, and ecology as they investigate how citizenship is represented at different scales.
“We all occupy different, overlapping categories of space at the same time, from the level of the neighborhood, to the nation, to the planet as a whole,” said the curators in a statement. “The installations make it clear that the stakes of citizenship will be exceedingly high in the years to come.”
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