Looking forward to next week’s Venice Architecture Biennale amid frustration shared by curator Lesley Lokko

Since the 2020 Venice Architecture Biennale was postponed due to COVID-19, odd years are now architecture years in La Serenissima. The 2023 rendition, themed as The Laboratory of the Future, is curated by Ghanaian-Scottish architect and academic Lesley Lokko. For the first time since the establishment of the architecture event in 1980, the Biennale’s main exhibitions will focus on Africa and the African Diaspora, “that fluid and enmeshed culture of people of African descent that now straddles the globe,” as Lokko wrote in her curatorial statement.

With 89 participants in the main exhibition, 63 national pavilions, and a full slate of auxiliary events around

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