The Garden of Privatised Delights
The British Council presents The Garden of Privatised Delights at the British Pavilion for the 17th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.
The British Pavilion exhibition will be on view as part of the 17th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, 22 May - 21 November 2021.
You are welcome to watch our exhibition tour video below and please visit our website (link on the right) to visit our virtual tours of each room and section in our exhibition in Venice and read our exhibition guide and booklet.
Manijeh Verghese and Madeleine Kessler, the curators for the British Pavilion 2021, invite us to engage in the debate around the privatisation of public space in Britain today; from the pub to the playground, common land to the garden square, the high street to facial recognition technology; topics that have gained further relevance during the last year of the global pandemic.
Together, with five teams of architects, designers and researchers, Manijeh and Madeleine will present The Garden of Privatised Delights at the British Pavilion to highlight the threats to public space, propose new ideas for ownership and greater access and demonstrate the role that design ad architecture can take in supporting a more inclusive future.
Installation views, ‘Garden of Delights’, ‘Publicani’, ‘High Street of Exchanges’, ‘Play With(out) Grounds’, the Garden of Privatised Delights, British Pavilion, curated by Madeleine Kessler and Manijeh Verghese of Unscene Architecture for the 17th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, 2021 © Cristiano Corte © British Council
Commissioner: Sevra Davis, Director Architecture Design and Fashion, British Council;
Curators: Manijeh Verghese, Madeleine Kessler (Unscene Architecture);
Exhibitors: Unscene Architecture, The Decorators, Built Works, Studio Polpo, Public Works, vPPR
Image by Cristiano Corte.
British Pavilion 2021: An exhibition tour
Each room within the British Pavilion will present a new model for the future of public space through an immersive installation, designed to engage us in the debate. Watch our series of films to discover the issues, the designers' strategies and what we can do to take action. (Please note these films were filmed pre-pandemic).