Ilha de Sao Jorge

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Beyond Entropy pubblication for the exhibition “Ilha de São Jorge”.

The Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice, will virtually be transformed into an extra-territorial island featuring videos by Suleimane Biai+Filipa César, Filipe Branquinho+Tiago Correia-Paulo+Rui Terneiro, Monica de Miranda, Irineu Destourelles, Kiluanji Kia Henda, and Kwame Sousa+René Tavares. A series of short films will document how modernity has been absorbed in the five Portuguese speaking African republics: Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique and São Tomé and Príncipe.

The project includes the publication “Ilha de São Jorge”, edited by Paula Nascimento, Stefano Serventi and Ana Vaz Milheiro, a collection of texts that extends the research started with “Beyond Entropy Angola” (2012) and “Luanda, Encyclopedic City” (2013) while enriching the specific theme of the 2014 Architecture Biennale: “Absorbing Modernity: 1914-2014.”

The legacy of Portuguese empire building pervades the Postcolonial discourse that attempts to explain the development of the modern nation state in Portuguese speaking Africa. It is with this historical and linguistic connection in mind that “Ilha de São Jorge” is thematically and structurally created. Although geographically distant, these countries share a heritage with each other and with Portugal. The cities and urban forms are a result of methods, techniques and procedures that can be linked with a common historical past tied to a Portuguese matrix yet deeply related to specifics of geography, culture and traditions. This shared Postcolonial heritage makes it relevant to develop a coherent discourse on the similar ways these countries have declined or absorbed modernist architecture. Placing the architectural discourse together for the first time, not only highlights their connections with Portugal, but more importantly, it highlights the internal connections, often neglected, that contributed to the development of a modernist discourse.

The publication follows the same thematic thread of the exhibition. Divided in five sections: Objects, Buildings, Cities, Landscape and Visions, it includes creative texts, images and academic studies by architects, researchers and artists that accompany the exhibition and enrich its curatorial mission.

Editor: Beyond entropy books
Language: English / Portuguese

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