ArchiAfrika Pavilion by Time Space Existence at the Venice Biennale

As part of the European Cultural Centre’s “Time Space Existence” collateral exhibition, the pavilion hosts four rotating exhibitions on contemporary African architecture.

The ArchiAfrika Pavilion brings black and diaspora voices to Venice, creating a platform for emerging young architects from Africa and the diaspora. The pavilion designed by Studio NYALI, an emerging architecture and design research studio, is inspired by the Jamestown Cafe in Accra and the central courtyard form commonly found in traditional African architecture. Joe Osae-Addo, director of ArchiAfrika, is a Ghanaian architect and a leading spokesperson for contemporary African architecture over the last two decades, through the ArchiAfrika organisation. In his work, he has worked to promote a new generation of African architects who are attentive to the continent’s architectural identity and the urban landscape of cities.

The pavilion was built in collaboration with 121 Collective, and students from Kingston University in London.

The exhibitions will alternate during the opening months of the Architecture Biennale:

The Course of Empire: A Compound House Typology
22 July – 4 August 2021
curated by Studio NYALI

WE The 7: A Conversation with the African Diaspora
5 –19 August 2021
curated by Coleman A. Jordan

ArchiAfrika’s New Blood
22 August– 5 November 2021
curated by ArchiAfrika and James Inedu-George

OCOCOLOV Design workshop, final projects
13 – 20 October 2021
curated by Flavia Vaccher (ASF Veneto Onlus), Adriano Wajskol ( with the collaboration of Federico Alcaro and Valentino Consiglio

Adriano Wajskol
Giardini della Marinaressa
21 November 2021
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