“…and other such stories” CAB – Chicago Architecture Biennial 2019

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“…and other such stories” CAB – Chicago Architecture Biennial 2019

The 2019 edition of Chicago Architecture Biennial, titled “…and other such stories”, will take place from September 19, 2019, through January 5, 2020.

The curatorial team (Yesomi Umolu, Sepake Angiama, and Paulo Tavares) focused the 2019 edition of CAB on Chicago’s spatial, historical and socioeconomic conditions and evolution with a view to exploring more general subjects, such as how architecture relates to land, memory, rights, and civic participation. “…and other such stories” will be a thorough investigation on architecture and the built environment globally, through a research-driven approach.

More specifically, this year’s Chicago Biennial will explore the space of architecture and urban fabric by four curatorial frames.
The first, titled No Land Beyond, takes inspiration from indigenous visions of nature, ecology, and landscape which transcend the concept of property ownership.
The second, Appearances and Erasures, investigates how monuments, memorials, and social histories embody our collective memory.
Finally, Rights and Reclamations and Common Ground foreground aspects of civic rights and engagement in architectural practice, including affordable and equitable housing.

While this Biennial pays special attention to Chicago, the curators’ aim was to go beyond the city’s architectural heritage “to explore the history and conditions that have and continue to shape its urban development”.
Consequently, CAB 2019 will present a broader view of the field of architecture by spanning building design, urban planning, visual arts, policymaking, education, and local community activism.

The sites of CAB 2019
Starting from the main exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center, CAB 2019 spans many locations in the city, with over 40 partner sites and institutions throughout Chicago participating to this year’s edition, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, The Graham Foundation, Navy Pier, and Garfield Park Conservatory.

The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago building. Photo by Peter McCullough, © MCA Chicago

Chicago Architecture Biennial 2019, Navy Pier, The ship of Tolerance installation

For CAB 2019, the Navy Pier will bring the Ilya and Emilia Kabakov Foundation’s large scale floating installation “The Ship of Tolerance” to Chicago.

The program
CAB announced that the 2019 Biennial will comprise over 100 events – including conferences, live performances, film screenings, and special exhibitions – taking place in over fifty cultural venues in the city.
The full program is available on the Chicago Architecture Biennial website (https://chicagoarchitecturebiennial.org/)

Participants and contributors
Over 80 participants take part in CAB 2019, comprising architects, artists, scholars, and organizations from all over the world. Many of their contributions are multi-disciplinary projects focused on the relationship between architecture, land, memory, rights, and civic participation.

Adrian Blackwell (born in Toronto, Canada; lives in Toronto, Canada)
Akinbode Akinbiyi (born in Oxford, England-UK; lives in Berlin, Germany) who is participating in a residency at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago at Homan Square in North Lawndale, will collaborate with young people and community members to document, explore, and understand the landscape and environment of that neighborhood through a daily photography practice.

CAB 2019 Akinbode Akinbiyi, Lagos Island, Lagos, photograph 2016

Akinbode Akinbiyi, Lagos Island, Lagos; 2016, Hahnemühle fine art baryta inkjet prints, courtesy of the artist.

Alejandra Celedon (born in Edmonton, Canada; lives in Santiago, Chile) & Nicolas Stutzin (born in Santiago, Chile; lives in Santiago, Chile)
Alexandra Pirici (born in Bucharest, Romania; lives in Bucharest, Romania)
Avijit Mukul Kishore (born in Lucknow, India; lives in Mumbai, India) & Rohan Shivkumar (born in Hyderabad, India; lives in Mumbai, India)
Black Quantum Futurism (founded in Philadelphia, USA)
Borderless Studio (founded in Chicago, USA) — in collaboration with Herkes İçin Mimarlık (Architecture For All) (Istanbul, Turkey), studio BASAR (Bucharest, Romania), and Zorka Wollny (Berlin, Germany) — will be using the site of the decommissioned Anthony Overton Elementary School in the Bronzeville neighborhood to explore how art, design, and architecture create more inclusive approaches to repurposing civic spaces.

Chicago Architecture Biennial 2019 Zorka Wollny Opelias Iconography of Madness

Zorka Wollny, Opelias. Iconography of Madness, 40 Mins, 2012:2013, photo: Adam T Burton

CAMP (founded in Mumbai, India)
Carolina Caycedo (born in London, England–UK; lives in Los Angeles, USA)
Center for Spatial Research (founded in New York, USA)

CAB 2019, In plain Sight, Venice Biennale US Pavilion 2018

In Plain Sight, 2018, by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Laura Kurgan, Robert Gerard Pietrusko with Columbia Center for Spatial Research, photo © Tom Harris. Courtesy of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Chicago

Chicago Architectural Preservation Archive (founded in Chicago, USA)
Clemens von Wedemeyer (born in Göttingen, Germany; lives in Berlin, Germany)
Cohabitation Strategies (founded in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and New York, USA) & Urban Front (founded in New York, USA)
ConstructLab (founded in Berlin, Germany)
DAAR (Sandi Hilal, Alessandro Petti, Husam Abu Salem) (founded in Beit Sahour, Palestine)
Detroit Planning Department (founded in Detroit, USA)
Do Ho Suh (born in Seoul, South Korea; lives in London, England–UK)

Chicago Architecture Biennial 2019, Do Ho Suh, Passages, installation view

Do Ho Suh, Passage/s, installation view, 1 February–18 March 2017, Victoria Miro Gallery II, 16 Wharf Road, London N1 7RW © Do Ho Suh,Courtesy the Artist, Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong and Seoul; and Victoria Miro, London/Venice, Photography Thierry Bal.

FICA–Fundo Imobiliário Comunitário para Aluguel (founded in São Paulo, Brazil)
Forensic Architecture (founded in London, England–UK) & Invisible Institute (founded in Chicago, USA)
Herkes İçin Mimarlık (Architecture For All) (founded in Istanbul, Turkey)
Jimmy Robert (born in Guadeloupe–France; lives in Berlin, Germany)
Joar Nango (born in Áltá/AltaÁltá, Sápmi/Northern Norway; lives in Romssa /Tromsø, Norway)
Jorge González (born in San Juan, Puerto Rico; lives in Puerto Rico)
Keleketla! Library (founded in Johannesburg, South Africa), in collaboration with Stockyard Institute (founded in Chicago, USA) will create a space for open dialogue on the importance of heritage sites and public housing at the site of the National Public Housing Museum at the former Jane Addams Homes.

CAB 2019, The Allure of Gold, Keleketla Library

The Allure of Gold and Other Solidarity Stories, 2018, installation view, part of Keleketla Library, 10. Berlin Biennale, HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU2), Berlin, photo: Timo Ohler.

Maria Gaspar (born in Chicago, USA; lives in Chicago, USA)
MASS Design Group (founded in Boston and Poughkeepsie, USA and Kigali, Rwanda)
MSTC (founded in São Paulo, Brazil), in collaboration with Escola da Cidade (founded in São Paulo, Brazil) and O Grupo Inteiro (founded in São Paulo, Brazil) will highlight and strengthen their social action in the São Paulo housing movement and foster dialogue on urban issues between architects and social movements.

Chicago Architecture Biennial 2019, O Grupo Inteiro

O Grupo Inteiro – Condutores. Museu de Arte de São Paulo – MASP and Sesc Interlagos.Author: Patricia Araújo, 2016

Ola Hassanain (born in Khartoum, Sudan; lives in Khartoum, Sudan and Utrecht, Netherlands)
Oscar Tuazon (born in Seattle, USA; lives in Los Angeles, USA)
Palestine Heirloom Seed Library Project (founded in the northern West Bank, Palestine)
Raumlabor (founded in Berlin, Germany)
RIWAQ – Center for Architectural Conservation (founded in Ramallah, Palestine)
RMA Architects (founded in Mumbai, India and Boston, USA)
Sammy Baloji (born in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo; lives in Brussels, and Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo) & Filip de Boeck (born in Antwerp, Belgium; lives in Brussels, and Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Santiago X (born in Phoenix, USA; lives in Chicago, USA)
Settler Colonial City Project (founded in Ann Arbor USA and Guayaquil, Ecuador) in collaboration with American Indian Center (founded in Chicago, USA)
Somatic Collaborative (Felipe Correa & Devin Dobrowolski) (founded in New York, USA)
studioBASAR (founded in Bucharest, Romania)
Sweet Water Foundation (founded in Chicago, USA)
Tania Bruguera (born in Havana, Cuba; lives in New York, USA) & Association of Arte Útil (founded in Havana, Cuba)
Tanya Lukin Linklater (born in Alaska, USA; lives in Ontario, Canada) & Tiffany Shaw-Collinge (born in Alberta, Canada; lives in Alberta, Canada)
Territorial Agency – John Palmesino & Ann-Sofi Rönnskog (founded in London, England–UK)
The Funambulist (founded in Paris, France)


The Funambulist Magazine 16, Proletarian Fortresses, April 2018.

Theaster Gates (born in Chicago, USA; lives in Chicago, USA)
Usina – CTAH (founded in São Paulo, USA)
Vincent Meessen (born in Baltimore, USA; lives in Brussels, Belgium)
Walter J. Hood (born in Charlotte, USA; lives in Oakland, USA)
Wendelien van Oldenborgh (born in Rotterdam, Netherlands; lives in Berlin, Germany)
Wolff Architects (founded in Cape Town, South Africa)
Zorka Wollny (born in Kraków, Poland; lives in Berlin, Germany)

The Common Ground section of the exhibition will feature programmatic projects, activating the first floor of the Biennial in a dynamic series of workshops, performances, and installations.
With the central space designed by ConstructLab (Berlin, Germany), this section includes ‘The Funambulist’ (Paris, France) and Settler Colonial City Project (Ann Arbor, USA and Guayaquil, Ecuador) in collaboration with American Indian Center (founded in Chicago, USA) who, along with several additional groups, will comprise over 10 practices presenting projects and public programs throughout the course of the Biennial.

Chicago Architecture Biennial 2019, Construct Lab

Construct Lab, Mon(s) Invisible_2015, photo Julie Guiche; The Funambulist magazine, Proletarian Fortress, 2018.

“…and other such stories”
CAB – Chicago Architecture Biennial
19 September 2019 / 5 January 2020

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