Year: 2019 - 2021
Location: Sale d'Armi, Arsenale, Venice.
Venue: Pavilion of Turkey, 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale
Type: Exhibition Design + Installation (Built).
NEMESTUDIO project team: Neyran Turan (partner-in-charge), Ryan Shin, Ian Erickson (initial stage). Production team: WeExhibit; coordinated by Margherita Muzzi (WeExhibit) and Selen Erkal (İKSV).
Pavilion of Turkey is curated by Neyran Turan. Assistant curators: Ece Emanetoğlu, Melis Uğurlu, Samet Mor, and Betsy Clifton. Editorial assistant: Ian Erickson. Graphic design: Paleworks (Yagmur Ruzgar + Ozan Akkoyunlu). Coordinated by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV).
Press Coverage/Reviews: Metropolis, Elle Decor, Domus, Architects' Journal, Metalocus, Tracés, The Architects' Newspaper, Detail Magazine, Inexhibit, e-flux, ArchDaily, World Architecture, Açık Radyo, NTV Radyo, ArtAsiaPacific, Gazete Oksijen, Art Dealer Street, Miliyet Mimarlik, Daily Sabah, TRTWorld.
Four Dioramas is the physical exhibition of Architecture as Measure, the Pavilion of Turkey at the 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale. Designed by NEMESTUDIO, the exhibition consists of four dioramas and a large table. The exhibition project provokes a renewed planetary imagination by looking at the politics and nuances of the seemingly mundane aspects of architectural construction and juxtaposes these aspects with their planetary dimensions, such as geographies of resource extraction, material supply chains, maintenance, and care in Turkey. The exhibition is presented through a physical installation, an online publication, and storytelling.
Aligned with this main premise and content, the exhibition design utilizes four dioramas that stage both generic architecture sites with banal details and specific mise-en-scènes of an imaginary story taking place in Turkey. Each diorama consists of a wallpaper drawing by NEMESTUDIO, which provides a backdrop to the depicted scene. Visitors can walk inside the dioramas as if they are in the interior space of an architectural model. As the dioramas collide the architectural and the planetary and the banal and the spectacular, ideas of foreground and background are constantly flipped and negotiated.
Images 1, 5-6, 9, 13-15, 18: Photo by RMphotostudio.
Images 3-4, 8, 10, 12, 17: Photo by Danto Production.