Portuguese Pavilion at the Venice Biennale

Portuguese Pavilion at the Venice Biennale


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Greenhouse is a project grounded in interconnections of practice, theory, and pedagogy, presenting the exhibition space as a place of experimentation and reflection. The curatorial and artistic team - including a visual artist, a choreographer and a researcher - proposes collective actions through pedagogy, sound and movement that reflect on the relationship between nature, ecology and politics. The project undertakes the deconstruction of the very epistemology of the exhibition space and the hierarchical binaries of curator and artist, thought and practice, human and nature. The garden becomes a space for continuous, dialogical creation between the artists and the public.

Greenhouse proposes collective action through the creation of a “Creole garden” inside Palazzo Franchetti, which combines sculpture, stage, installation and assembly spaces, to open an area of resistance and freedom for multiple subjectivities. “Creole gardens” blend a wide range of plant species. They are instances of resistance, exercises in freedom. These multi-layered arrangements were cultivated and cared for so that different trees and aromas protected one other. 

Greenhouse asks how soil, land and borders connect with the politics of the body today. It integrates land as a way of understanding the processes of liberation and self-discovery in order to create ecologies of care in the present ecosystem. We witness these dynamics in the migrant body, the diasporic being in constant movement and transition. 


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