Luanda, Encyclopedic City


New entry amongst the national pavilions at the coming Venice Biennale is the Pavilion of the Republic of Angola.
Luanda, Encyclopedic City presents works of young artist Edson Chagas.
Curated by Paula Nascimento and Stefano Rabolli Pansera (Beyond Entropy Ltd)

As the press release states:

The Encyclopedic Palace has been given an impossible task: no building can contain a universal multiplicity of spaces, possibilities, and objects. When a building tends towards the encyclopedic, it becomes a city. The city includes multiple conditions in the coherence of form— even though this is an urban, conflict-ridden form.
Edson Chagas focuses on the complexity of Angola’s capital, Luanda, which derives from the presence of unpredictable spaces and the coexistence of irreconcilable programs: city and country, infrastructure and habitations, garbage tips and public spaces. Luanda is an encyclopedic city. How can the knowledge of a city be organized through the taxonomy of its spaces?
Central to Edson Chagas’ work is a reflection on the ways in which images are used to give form to the way the city is experienced. Edson Chagas’s Found Not Taken series concentrates on the systematic cataloguing of abandoned objects that are repositioned within an urban context to create new relationships between the objects and their context, form and its codification. What relationship is created between spaces and their images? What role are imagination and creativity allowed to play in this urban taxonomy? In the ambiguity of a vision which uncovers and nonetheless reconstructs, what is delineated is an urban cartography mixing documentary-like precision and poetic reconstruction: a new way of observing the encyclopedic wealth of spaces around us and, perhaps, a new way of inhabiting these spaces.
Luanda, Encyclopedic City is an installation composed of 23 large-format photographic posters open to the interaction with the public, invited to reflect on the theme of the Encyclopedic Palace also through the ability to create their own personal urban encyclopedia of Luanda, in a stimulated comparison with the collection of ancient works owned by Vittorio Cini, exhibited in the  Galleria of Palazzo Cini.

Pavilion of the Republic of Angola at the
55th International Art Exhibition- la Biennale di Venezia
Luanda, Encyclopedic City

Curated by Paula Nascimento and Stefano Rabolli Pansera

Palazzo Cini  in  San Vio, Dorsoduro 864  Venezia

Press Preview 29, 30, 31 May h.10am – 7pm
Vernissage Thursday the 30th of May from 6pm to 10pm. Entrance with registration
Opening time 1 June - 24 November 2013, Tuesday - Sunday 2pm -7pm, free entrance.


work by Edson Chagas, Found Not Taken; Luanda, Encyclopedic City.      
About the artist and curators:

Edson Chagas
Edson Chagas was born in Luanda, Angola in 1977. After a degree in photojournalism at the London College of Communication, Chagas studied photo-documentary at the University of Newport. Since 2007 the artist lives and works in Luanda, where he developed his personal work as a photojournalist beyond the standard of this practice.
His debut at the 55th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia is the result of a recognized international activity after taking part in exhibitions and projects all over the world. In 2011 Edson Chagas has participated in Luanda Triennial 2010, SP-Arte and SOSO Gallery in Sao Paulo, and into the workshop organized in Ethiopia by GIZ - Deutsche Gesellshaft fur Internatonale Zusammenarbeit – which culminated in a travelling exhibition from the National Museum of Ethiopia in Addis Ababa to the Rheinishes Landesmuseum of Bonn, Germany.  In 2012 he took part in MABAXA Project based in Luanda, and into the RAVY festival - Rencontre d’Arts Visuels – in Yaoundé, Cameroon. In 2013 he exhibited in the collective show NO FLY ZONE at the Berardo Museum at CCB in Lisbon, and his works  have been displayed in “Landscape” exhibit at A Palazzo Gallery in Brescia, Italy.  

Paula Nascimento, Director, Beyond Entropy Angola
She currently lives and works in Angola, in Luanda. She graduated from Southbank University and from Architectural Association in London. She worked for Alvaro Siza Architects and
RDA and is a consultant for COBA Consultores de Energia e Ambiente. Since 2011 she is director of Beyond Entropy Africa. With Stefano Rabolli Pansera has curated the Angola Pavilion at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia.

Stefano Rabolli Pansera, Director Beyond Entropy Ltd.
After working with Herzog and de Meuron between 2005 and 2007, he taught as Unit Master at the Architectural Association from 2007 to 2011. He has lectured in the Universities of Cagliari, Cambridge, Naples, Wuhan, Seoul and Madrid. In 2010 he founded Beyond Enropy Ltd. which operates in Europe, the Mediterranean and Africa. Since 2012 he is director of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Calasetta and of Mangiabarche Gallery in Sardinia. With Paula Nascimento has curated the Angola Pavilion at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia.

Beyond Entropy Ltd 
Beyond Entropy is an agency for urban and architectural production that focuses on the concept of energy as its main tool for the design of innovative spaces. Beyond Entropy is a method: both an analytical method for understanding the space we live in (our cities, landscapes and territories) and an operational strategy that opens new paradigms for the design, creation and management of alternative forms of urban and architectural design.
Beyond Entropy operates on a global scale in situations of crisis such as urban sprawl, desert islands (as Calasetta in Sardinia), overpopulated cities in emerging countries (such as Angola), protected areas, historic city centers.
Beyond Entropy develops projects beyond the rhetoric of sustainability and formulates proposals where theoretical research and architectural product converge towards a proposal drawn up.


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