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TROUBLE IN PARADISE

Architecture | June 1, 2021 |

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Trouble in Paradise exhibition in the Polish Pavilion at the Biennale Architettura 2021 | Photo: Jacopo Salvi (Fpro.it). Images courtesy Zachęta – National Gallery of Art

Trouble in Paradise
The Polish Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia
Giardini della Biennale – Venice, Italy
May 22 – November 21, 2021

Although rural areas make up 93% of Poland’s territory, only 40% of the population lives there. This data is an accurate reflection of worldwide trends. Engulfed in spatial chaos, having so far remained on the sidelines of architectural interest, the countryside has become the subject of the exhibition in the Polish Pavilion at the Biennale Architettura 2021. PROLOG +1, authors of the Trouble in Paradise project, in collaboration with an international ensemble of architects and artists, will show that in times of growing local and global crises, rural areas can be the answer to a worldwide ecological or housing problem.

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Trouble in Paradise exhibition in the Polish Pavilion at the Biennale Architettura 2021 | Photo: Jacopo Salvi (Fpro.it). Images courtesy Zachęta – National Gallery of Art

We have had to wait for three years for the opening of the 17th International Architecture Exhibition – the 2020 edition of one of the most prestigious events in the world of architecture was postponed by 12 months due to the pandemic. In light of the events of the past year, the theme of the biennale could not be more topical. 63 national teams from around the world had to face the question ‘How will we live together?

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Trouble in Paradise exhibition in the Polish Pavilion at the Biennale Architettura 2021 | Photo: Jacopo Salvi (Fpro.it). Images courtesy Zachęta – National Gallery of Art

Presented in the Polish Pavilion, the Trouble in Paradise exhibition is a multi-threaded story about the future of communal life in the countryside, accompanied by a thorough analysis of the forms of work and life in these areas. The project calls attention to, among others, the issue of the marginalisation of the countryside; it also points out the problems faced by the inhabitants of the countryside today and shows its enormous, untapped potential. Data shows that although rural areas make up 93% of Poland’s territory, only 40% of the population lives there. The situation in Poland is an accurate reflection of global trends – around the world, the population of urban areas exceeds that of rural areas, even though the latter account for the majority of land area.

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Trouble in Paradise exhibition in the Polish Pavilion at the Biennale Architettura 2021 | Photo: Jacopo Salvi (Fpro.it). Images courtesy Zachęta – National Gallery of Art

The curators of the exhibition believe that the perception of the countryside through a lens of simplifications and stereotypes – treating it as a lost paradise, or a place where one can rest from the troubles of civilisation – is a significant problem. It turns out that the ideal of living near the city has a short shelf life. The pandemic, which led to a rise in migration to suburban areas around the world, has brought to light the daily struggles the Polish countryside has faced for years – including the lack of public transport, universal access to the internet or integration between the ‘newcomers’ and the local population.

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Trouble in Paradise exhibition in the Polish Pavilion at the Biennale Architettura 2021 | Photo: Jacopo Salvi (Fpro.it). Images courtesy Zachęta – National Gallery of Art

‘The countryside is less and less often a promise of autonomy and escape from the city, and more and more often a storage space, a place for ring roads, production halls, farms, all the infrastructure without which life in large agglomerations would be impossible. This is primarily due to the convictions that the countryside is there to serve, acting as support facilities for the cities. We want to reverse this perspective, to stop thinking of the countryside from a “city dweller” point of view,’ says Robert Witczak of the PROLOG +1 curatorial team. ‘It’s important to us to show the countryside not as a closed, divided and privatised space, but as a space of ideas – a sense of community influenced by every inhabitant,’ he adds.

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Trouble in Paradise exhibition in the Polish Pavilion at the Biennale Architettura 2021 | Photo: Jacopo Salvi (Fpro.it). Images courtesy Zachęta – National Gallery of Art

The project was curated by PROLOG +1 (Mirabela Jurczenko, Bartosz Kowal, Wojciech Mazan, Bartłomiej Poteralski, Rafał Śliwa and Robert Witczak) – a team of young architects selected in an open competition. The exhibition consists of an analytical and speculative part. The former, carried out in collaboration with Polish artists, shows the contemporary problems of the countryside and is presented in the form of an enormous 70-metre photorealistic panorama that fills the space of the pavilion. Created by photographers Michał Sierakowski and Paweł Starzec, as well as artist Jan Domicz, in collaboration with the PROLOG +1 team, the panorama depicts the characteristic elements of the rural countryside which are the result of the processes that have taken place there over the past 100 years.

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Trouble in Paradise exhibition in the Polish Pavilion at the Biennale Architettura 2021 | Photo: Jacopo Salvi (Fpro.it). Images courtesy Zachęta – National Gallery of Art

PROLOG +1 invited six architectural teams from Europe to the speculative part of the exhibition: Atelier Fanelsa (Germany), GUBAHÁMORI + Filip + László Demeter (Hungary), KOSMOS Architects (Russia, Switzerland, Austria), Rural Office for Architecture (Great Britain), RZUT (Poland) and Traumnovelle (Belgium). The result of their work are architectural models, collages and drawings presented in the pavilion against the background of the panorama. The diversity of points of view and the juxtaposition of different perspectives are linked by a reflection on the effects of rural exploitation, climate disasters or global crises – including those whose impact on the fate of the planet and rural areas is yet to be known.

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Trouble in Paradise exhibition in the Polish Pavilion at the Biennale Architettura 2021 | Photo: Jacopo Salvi (Fpro.it). Images courtesy Zachęta – National Gallery of Art
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Trouble in Paradise exhibition in the Polish Pavilion at the Biennale Architettura 2021 | Photo: Jacopo Salvi (Fpro.it). Images courtesy Zachęta – National Gallery of Art
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Trouble in Paradise exhibition in the Polish Pavilion at the Biennale Architettura 2021 | Photo: Jacopo Salvi (Fpro.it). Images courtesy Zachęta – National Gallery of Art
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Trouble in Paradise exhibition in the Polish Pavilion at the Biennale Architettura 2021 | Photo: Jacopo Salvi (Fpro.it). Images courtesy Zachęta – National Gallery of Art
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Trouble in Paradise exhibition in the Polish Pavilion at the Biennale Architettura 2021 | Photo: Jacopo Salvi (Fpro.it). Images courtesy Zachęta – National Gallery of Art
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PROLOG +1, authors of the Trouble in Paradise exhibition in the Polish Pavilion at the Biennale Architettura 2021. From left: Rafał Śliwa, Robert Witczak, Bartosz Kowal, Wojciech Mazan, Mirabela Jurczenko, Bartłomiej Poteralski | Photo: Paweł Starzec. Image courtesy Zachęta – National Gallery of Art, Warsaw

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