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UEL tutors to exhibit work at Venice Architecture Biennale

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The Biennale is one of the most prestigious events in the international architecture calendar 

Two Architecture tutors at the University of East London (UEL) are part of a winning team which will showcase its work this year at the 16th Architecture Biennale in Venice, Italy.

Lecturers Rosa Rogina and Amor Gutierrez Rivas (pictured) will occupy the Montenegrin pavilion at the prestigious festival, which is widely regarded as one of the major events in the architecture calendar. 

The team also includes artist Ida Blazicko, landscape architect Francois Vehe, and architect Kresimir Rogina.

Their exhibition is entitled ‘Wo/man under umbrella’. It has a large light and textile installation of a Montenegrin bellflower (pictured) which acts as an umbrella over the space and the people coming to visit.

The installation will be sensitive to wind flow, rain, and sun heat, reacting to the elements in the way a flower would. 

The pavilion is curated by Sonja Radović Jelovac. She said, “The winning entry carries a strong idea, a metaphor of Montenegro that is transmitted into a poetic proposal that has a great potential for evolving, so that through an open collaboration and research process over the next months we can develop the concept even further.”

The idea is based on festival ideas around ‘free space’ and ‘emerging resilience’. The team proposed elements to tie together the themes, as well as recognise the nation of Montenegro, which is one of dozens of countries around the world hosting pavilions at the event.

The exhibition also includes a workshop and a talk by three leading architects from Moscow, Vienna, and Tokyo.

The project will also feature a book containing a glossary of architectural terms, reflecting current and possible changes and developments around the roll of the architect.

The team have also focused on opportunities for people to network at their exhibition space, and plan to take parts of the exhibition to London and elsewhere in Europe, with the hope of continuing to stimulate discussion and reflection. 

The Architecture Biennale will run from May 26 to November 25, with the Montenegrin pavilion housed in the Palazzo Malipiero.