Peru raised the curtain on the pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, with a ceremony conducted by creator of the exhibition, architect Felipe Ferrer. The curator of the exhibition “Playground: artifacts to interact” kicked off a brief discussion on the concept and experience that visitors will be able to experience in the Peruvian pavilion, located at the Venice Arsenal. The project was conceived around the problems of urban development and the appropriation of public spaces, increased in different regions of the South American country and in particular in the city of Lima, through the use of a main element: the bars, which are synonymous with fear. .
The proposal focused onabatement of this fear, through the transformation of bars into new artifacts that encourage interaction through play and improve relations between citizens. The emblematic element is the swing, in which it is necessary that the two people find the right balance to be able to sit down. By doing so, we want to highlight how, through balance and play, mutual trust can be born, a feeling that is fundamental to generate balance and harmonious interaction between human beings.
The participation of the South American country is possible thanks to the Patronato Cultural del Perú, an institution that since 2016 has been in charge of the production and organization of the pavilion, with the participation of Promperù. It is also supported by the Wiese Foundation and the newspaper El Comercio; and by the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and the University of Lima.
The International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale remains open until November 21 and has as its central theme “How Will We Live Together?”