BIENNALE URBANA: FONTEGO DE' POLACCHI / VENICE 2016


PARERGA: Simple Stories, 2016

Fontego de' Polacchi, Bęc Zmiana Foundation contribution to Biennale Urbana 2016, presents IN/VISIBLE CITY – a cluster of urban practices exhibited in a cluster of urban sites of practice. An exhibition that weaves spaces and practices of Warsaw and Venice, exploring them as IN/VISIBLE CITY, an exchange of micro-stories of places in “other” places with their own stories.

The exhibition in Venice brings together the projects Invisible City 
(Calle delle Colonete, Cannaregio, Venice / former stonemason's workshop) and Simple Stories by PARERGA (Cannaregio 4947/A, Corte del Lovo, Venice).

Invisible City presents the summary of a seven year research program led by the Institute of Sociology at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań and the Metropolis company. It explores the phenomenon of “everyday urbanism” – grassroots initiatives that help shape a city. The project attempts to highlight the fact that the city is created by its inhabitants and thus it is worthwhile to show how residents arrange their immediate surroundings. How they transform familiar urban elements into something unique, create meaning out of what may seem unimportant, and imprint their individuality on the city. The project’s core is a systematically growing publicly available online collection of photographs documenting the outcomes of such creative interventions in Poland’s largest cities. The exhibition presents a selection of photographs from the Invisible City project.

Simple Stories, the project created by the PARERGA team (Paul Cetnarski, Marta Kowalczyk, Wojciech Mazan, Rafał Śliwa), explores the functional and social potential of allotment gardens in Poland. The exhibition consists of photographs, drawings and scale models which present a detailed analysis of the 100 year history of allotment gardens in Poland as well as the stories of their owners.


Curators: Giulia Mazzorin, Bogna Świątkowska
Partners: Polish Allotment Federation, Instytut Adama Mickiewicza(www.culture.pl), Museum of Architecture in Wrocław, Wrocław University of Technology, Teatro Marinoni (Officina Marinoni), Sale in Zucca, Momos, Festeggiamenti Malamocco, Salonistes, Spazi Docili [Docile Spaces]

Biennale Urbana is an Emerging Translocal Agency to explore limits and possibilities of the relationship in between Arts, Education, the City, its local and transnational contexts. Born in Venice, Biennale Urbana investigates the boundaries and experiment ideas, practices and strategies across the Biennale, Venice and the Lagoon. The goal of Biennale Urbana is to cluster and weave formal and informal realities, local and international institutions, cultural and social practics, visitors and inhabitants, in search of an evolutive urban shift.

The project is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland and the Polish Institute in Rome.

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