19 May / 26 November 2023
"ARCHIFUSION" is the title chosen for the ambitious project realised on the occasion of 18th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia – 2023. In addition to the usual National Participations, this year - among the big news, Niger is present for the first time with its own National Pavilion set up at San Servolo Island / Palazzina Libeccio (Venice) with the curatorship of Boris Brollo and the support of the commissioner Dr. Souleymane Ibrahim. The project is in perfect line with the concept of "Laboratory of the Future" of the curator of the Biennale Lesley Lokko, this because ArchiFusion explores the idea of collaboration in the broadest sense of an enlarged "workshop/laboratory", where the basic concept becomes the collaboration based on the exchange of common experiences and therefore on the growth of a common knowledge of all the parties involved in the project. As part of the Niger Pavilion, the "Brique Magique" is also presented, a type of brick that has been "reformed" by the Architecture Studio Mauro Peloso, specialized in technologically advanced building systems with particular attention to bio-architecture and construction. To enrich the Pavilion, a large group of artists developed the decorative patterns by conceiving their work as "a common artisan workshop". Committee of Honor: Dr. Mohamed Hamid (Minister of Culture, Tourism and Handicrafts of the Republic of Niger), Dr. Ibrahim Souleymane (Commissioner of the Republic of Niger Pavilion), Mme. Fatimata Cheffou (H.E. Ambassador of Niger in Italy), H.E. Dr. Emilia Gatto (Italian Ambassador in Niamey, Niger), Gianluca Cinque (Military Officer), CISP (International Committee for the Development of Peoples), Andrea Rossi Andrea (Multimedia Artist). Technical Committee: Mauro Peloso (Designer Architect), Lucia Tomasi (Executive Architect), Luca Casonato (Photographer), Simon Ostan Simone (Art Director). The project is patronised by the Consular Section of the Embassy of Niger, by the Ministry of Culture, by the Italian Embassy in Niamey, by Regione Veneto, by AIAP – Unesco and by CISP. The National Pavilion of Niger at the 18th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice was realised in collaboration with Artestruttura.
Artists / Nino Barone, Paola Bega, Alda Bòscaro, Bluer (Lorenzo Viscidi), Giancarlo Caneva, Giampietro Cavedon, Maristella Chiarello, Arlia-Hamda Elmi, Mirko Filipuzzi, Pamela Fullin, Annamaria Gelmi, Luciano Longo, Paolo Marazzi, Marvin, Roberto Mondani, Lucia Paese, Franz Pelizza, Manuela Pittana, Manuela Poggioli, Claudia Raza, Carla Rigato, Pietro Ronzat, Andrea Rossi Andrea, Cesare Serafino, Simon Ostan Simone, Lucia Tomasi, Anna Trapasso, Andrea Vizzini, Leonardo Zanin, Antonio Zucchiatti