Face Masks & The Indo-Pacific Under The Spotlight In Architect Exhibition

The Venice Biennale of Architecture opened last weekend.  An annual international exhibition showcasing the work of architecture. The work of two University of Technology Sydney academics, represent the only Australian works in the main exhibition, their work is entitled Folk Costumes, Indo-Pacific Air. 

Their project explores air – the very element we rely on for survival that has been compromised in the lead up to COVID-19 and beyond.  The pair’s installation constructs the prehistory of the Indo-Pacific region’s current masked state through the utilisation of five-masked figures, dressed in folk costumes.

The Daily spoke with architects and academics Guillermo Fernandez-Abascal and Urtzi Grau from the University of Technology Sydney to discuss their contribution to the 17th Internal Architecture Exhibition ‘How will we live together?’ at the Venice Biennale.


Further credits of the Folk Costumes, Indo-Pacific Air installation:

Urtzi Grau (UTS, Fake Industries, GFA) & Guillermo Fernández-Abascal (UTS, GFA2, GFA), Copy Nature Office (Ed Cook and Umi Graham), Ellie Skinner and Harrison Stockdale. Sponsors: Alastair Swayn Foundation, University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Acción Cultural Española (AC/E).

Photo: Folk Costumes, Indo-Pacific Air.  (credit: Hamish McIntosh)

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