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As part of the RCA International Lecture Series: Venice Previews, curator Marina Otero Verzier will discuss WORK, BODY, LEISURE for the upcoming Venice Architecture Biennale 2018 and the role of exhibition in contemporary practice.

18:30 – 20:30

RCA Kensington
Lecture Theatre 1



Free, but reservation via Tickets is required

Three leading curators, Marina Otero Verzier, Nora Akawi and Alejandra Celadon, will discuss their projects for the upcoming Venice Architecture Biennale 2018 and the role of exhibition in contemporary practice.

Marina Otero Verzier

Marina Otero Verzier is an architect based in Rotterdam. She is Director of Research at Het Nieuwe Instituut, and curator of Work, Body, Leisure, the Dutch Pavilion at the 16th Venice International Architecture Biennale. With the After Belonging Agency, Marina was Chief Curator of the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016. Previously, she was based in New York, where she was Director of Global Network Programming at Studio-X, Columbia University.

Alejandra Celedón

Alejandra Celedón is a researcher and Assistant Professor at P. Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC). She is an architect from Universidad de Chile, holds a Master from The Bartlett, and a PhD from the AA. Since 2016 she teaches and conducts research at PUC (Conicyt 2016-2018) on geopolitical, territorial and architectural strategies undertaken during the eighties in Santiago regarding the domestic.

Nora Akawi

Nora Akawi is an architect, curator, and researcher working in New York and Amman. She joined Columbia University’s GSAPP in 2012 as director of Studio-X Amman. She completed her professional degree in architecture in Jerusalem (B.Arch 2009). In 2011, she received her MS in Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in Architecture from Columbia University’s GSAPP, where she received the CCCP Thesis Award.

Royal College of Art

The Royal College of Art (RCA) is a public research university in London, in the United Kingdom. It offers postgraduate degrees in art and design to students from over 60 countries it is the only entirely postgraduate art and design university in the world.

Marina Otero Verzier
Katía Truijen
Amal Alhaag, Beatriz Colomina, Marten Kuijpers, Victor Muñoz Sanz, Simone C. Niquille, Mark Wigley
Jane Chew and Matthew Stewart, Northscapes Collective (Hamed Khosravi, Taneha K. Bacchin and Filippo laFleur), Noam Toran, Giuditta Vendrame, Paolo Pattelli, Liam Young.
Raphael Coutin, Marina Otero Verzier
Hans Gremmen
Christiane Bosman, Eveline Mulckhuyse
Simone C. Niquille
Nick Axel
Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science Creative Industries Fund NL Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands in Rome, Italy

With the title WORK, BODY, LEISURE the 2018 Dutch Pavilion addresses the spatial configurations, living conditions, and notions of the human body engendered by disruptive changes in labor ethos and conditions.