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Vardiya at the Pavilion of Turkey

Curated by Kerem Piker and coordinated by Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), the Pavilion of Turkey will present Vardiya at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, taking place from May 26th to November 25th 2018. Selen Akçalı from SOM is the project consultant of Vardiya.

The Pavilion of Turkey is located at Sale d’Armi, Arsenale. Responding to the Biennale Architettura 2018 theme of Freespace, Vardiya is a programme of public events that will transform the Pavilion of Turkey into a staging ground for creative encounter, collaborative production and cultural exchange across borders.

122 international architecture students from 16 countries will visit the Pavilion of Turkey in weekly ʻshifts’ as active producers of the evolving exhibition content. They will participate in workshops, engage in roundtable discussions and hear keynote lectures driven by guest scholars, designers and architects. The project started with an open call to architecture students around the world, generating 452 responses to the question: “Why does the biennial exist? What does the biennial do? For whom does the biennial exist?”.

The programme will begin with multi-media installations, through which visitors will be informed about forthcoming activities and workshop themes. Throughout the twenty-five weeks of La Biennale, the Pavilion of Turkey will host 13 workshops, focusing on a variety of topics; around 50 digital meetings with participants from a range of disciplines; and 6 lectures by keynote speakers, including an international roster of leading architects. All of the workshops, digital meetings and lectures will be open to visitors during biennale opening hours. More than just an exhibition space, the Pavilion of Turkey is conceived as a meeting place. Vardiya proposes a spatial organization that is at once scattered, inclusive, and open to change and transformation.

Vardiya  at the Pavilion of Turkey