Curation of an installation on the film studios Cinecittà, within the section Monditalia at the 14 International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia (by invitation of the general curator of Rem Koolhaas).
Corderie dell’Arsenale, Venice (Italy) / 7th June – 23th November 2014.
The studio complex Cinecittà, known as Italy’s “factory of images,” manufactures realties for film and television, and circulates them as fictions gathering together different constituencies. At the same time, these fictions are housed in a walled structure that, though remaining invisible behind them, occupies a large piece of land within the city of Rome. Access to this walled enclave is a precious (and restricted) asset, since its activities congregate an influential set of actors playing roles not only in film, but in broader cultural and economic networks.
“Cinecittá Occupata” reflects on the fictional spaces that gather us, and the spaces of fiction production, and considers Cinecittà as a laboratory for the scrutiny of post-industrial societies—one that has been continuously negotiated and contested.
See more in www.cinecittaoccupata.com
Design and research: Ignacio G. Galán
Ignacio G. Galán and Jose Ahedo, design and construction; Cyrus Penarroyo, graphic design; Jose Meza, diagrams; Jacob Moore, text editor; Juan Rey, structures; Bat Spain, textiles. With video by Hugo Kenzo, drawings by Thomas Kelley and photographs by Begoña Zubero.
Special thanks to Lluis Alexandre Casanovas, Lucia Allais, Katy Barkan, Sara Martin, Marina Otero, Javier Rubin, Andrea Sabbadini, Azzurra Stilo, Lèa-Catherine Szacka, Fondo Belloni Peressutti, and Cinecittá World.
Supporters: Consejería Cultural Embajada de España en Roma (AECID), AC/E, www.batspain.com, Serge Ferrari, Elise Jaffe+Jeffrey Brown
His work unfolds through diverse media and platforms and is continuously informed by different kinds of conversations and collaborations. Together with the After Belonging Agency, he is the Chief Curator of the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale (Graham Foundation Award 2015). He previously collaborated in the research project Radical Pedagogies, led by Beatriz Colomina at Princeton SOA, and has co-curated its exhibition at the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale and at the 2014 Venice Biennale, where it was awarded a Special Mention of the jury.
He is a Term Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture at Barnard+Columbia Colleges, and has previously taught studios and seminars at Columbia GSAPP and PennDesign. He trained at ETSAMadrid and TU Delft, and graduated as a Fulbright Scholar from the MArchII program at Harvard GSD. He has been a Fellow at the Spanish Academy in Rome, and is completing a PhD in Architecture History at Princeton University.