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Architecture on Display: Giulia Foscari

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Sir John Soane's Museum

13 Lincoln's Inn Fields

WC2A 3BP

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In this series Sir John Soane’s Museum and James Taylor-Foster are inviting curators and thinkers to reflect on the meanings, implications and varying strategies behind the display of architecture. Writer and curator, Giulia Foscari gives the seventh talk.

Foscari is an architect, curator and author who has practiced in Asia, South America and Europe. She is the founder of UNA, a Hamburg-based international architecture practice focused on cultural projects, and a partner of Foscari Widmann Rezzonico Associati, in Venice. Her working experience includes an extensive collaboration with OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture) which started in Hong Kong in 2009 and led her to run OMA’s South American platform from Argentina, developing projects in Colombia, Uruguay, and Brazil. In 2014 Giulia authored “Elements of Venice”, a book published by Lars Müller Publishers which was awarded the DAM Architectural Book Award in 2015. In parallel to practicing architecture, Foscari has worked on multiple curatorial projects (including exhibitions in four editions of the Venice Biennale) and is engaged in academia. Having taught at the Hong Kong University for five academic years, in 2015 she was invited to teach as Unit Master at the Architectural Association where she runs the “AA Museum Lab”.

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Architecture and the discourse which envelops it has tied itself into a Gordian Knot of self-representation and reflection. While an ever larger number of curators of architecture step into the limelight, we see one central question emerging with renewed urgency: what does it mean to curate architecture?

How should architects, curators and, indeed, spectators conceive the material of architectural curating: drawings, photographs and models, or ideas, systems and strategies? In what ways can a growing international cohort of curators of architecture negotiate the differing demands of the cultural institutions and organisations in which their practice frequently takes place, those of the profession and of society more broadly? Who is, could, or should be, the audience? Ultimately, what is the purpose of curating architecture?

The 30 minute presentations are followed by a 30 minute audience discussion.

Doors open at 18:45. We are in a Grade I listed, 19th-century building, so access is not always straightforward. If you require step-free access or extra assistance, please contact us in advance of your booking on admin@soane.org.uk or 020 7405 2107.

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