‘January, February, March’ at the 2023 Venice Biennale
Curated by the Tbilisi Architecture Biennale, the Georgia Pavilion at this year’s edition Venice Architecture Biennale will house ‘January, February, March’ – an installation representing still and living life through the story of an artificially altered settlement in the Dusheti region of Georgia. More specifically, the pavilion will symbolically focus on water reservoirs, their creation and their impacts in the era of rapid political change and climate change. Designers and architects Gigi Shukakidze, Oto Nemsadze and Tinatin Gurgenidze teamed up to conceive the installation, raising a number of questions along the way.
‘Jamaury, February, March’ – Venice Biennale 2023 | images © Tobias Schmitt, Gigi Shukakidze
exploring how human-made orders impact natural flows
‘How temporary is our footprint on the environment? When we mention the flows of energy, migration, time and the flow of the landscape itself, which flows are we really talking about? What are the costs of stopping an order to create a new one? Can we take water as a determinant of order? To what extent can the political-spatial development of humans bring about changes in nature and society and vice versa? What physical and conceptual forms disappear or remain with such transformations? Are natural creations – your memory, history and artifacts that signify your past life – permanent? What will be the vestige of defining such places and, above all – considering the global and local contexts – what is their future?’
The Georgia Pavilion will be hosted by the art space II Giardino Bianco, during the entire period of the 18th International Architecture Exhibition, held from May 20 to November 26, 2023.
the pavilion will have water reservoirs as a symbolic focus
representing still + living nature through the history of an artificially altered settlement in Dusheti
exploring human-made impacts and orders in nature
Name: January February March
program: Venice Architecture Biennale 2023, 18th edition
curated by: Tbilisi Architecture Biennale | @tbilisiarchitecturebiennial
Project: Gigi Shukakidze, Oto Nemsadze, Tinatin Gurgenidze
project team: Giorgi Vardiashvili Alexi Soselia Stefano Tornieri Pola Lado Kandashvili Giorgi Kartvelishvili Elene Pasuri Tamara Janashia Tato Kotetishvili
commissioner: Magda Guruli
images: © Tobias Schmitt, Gigi Shukakidze
designboom received this design from our DIY submissions special, where we invite our readers to send their own works for publication. see more project submissions from our readers on here.
edited by: lea zeitoun | designboom