Lesley Lokko appointed curator of the Biennale Architettura 2023

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Lesley Lokko appointed curator of the Biennale Architettura 2023

The board of La Biennale di Venezia, upon the recommendation of President Roberto Cicutto, appointed Lesley Lokko as Director of the Architecture Sector, with the specific task of curating the 18th International Architecture Exhibition to be held from 20 May through 26 November 2023.
Architectural academic, educator and best-selling novelist, Leslie Lokko, (Ghana/Scotland) is the founder and director of the African Futures Institute, established in Accra, Ghana, in 2020 as a postgraduate school of architecture and public events platform.
She has taught in the UK, in the US, Europe, Australia, and Africa (the Bartlett School of Architecture, Kingston University and London Metropolitan University in London; Iowa State University and the University of Illinois at Chicago in the USA; the University of Johannesburg and the University of Cape Town in South Africa; and UTS in Sydney, Australia).
Lokko was a member of the International Jury of the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia in 2021.

cover image: portrait of Lesley Lokko, photo Murdo Macleod

President Roberto Cicutto explained: “The curators of the Biennale’s International Exhibitions have always tried, through the vision of the participants they invite, to afford us as comprehensive an overview as possible of the themes and projects which are suitable for dealing with future scenarios. The appointment of Lesley Lokko as curator of the 18th International Architecture Exhibition is a way of welcoming the gaze of an international personality who is able to interpret, through different roles, her own position in the contemporary debate on architecture and cities, which takes as its starting point her own experience immersed in a continent that is increasingly becoming a laboratory of experimentation and proposals for the whole contemporary world. I believe that this immersion, in reality, is the best way to dialogue with the questions raised by the 2021 Exhibition curated by Hashim Sarkis.”

A new world order is emerging, with new centers of knowledge production and controlstated Lesley Lokko. New audiences are also emerging, hungry for different narratives, different tools, and different languages of space, form, and place. After two of the most difficult and divisive years in living memory, architects have a unique opportunity to show the world what we do best: put forward ambitious and creative ideas that help us imagine a more equitable and optimistic future in common. Speaking to you from the world’s youngest continent, I would like to thank President Cicutto and the entire team of La Biennale di Venezia for this bold, brave choice.”

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 portrait of Lesley Lokko, photo Debra Hurford Brown

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