Everlasting Plastics / Pavilion of the USA at Venice Architecture Biennale 2023

Everlasting Plastics is the title of the official US presentation at the 18th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia in Venice (Italy). The exhibition brings together site-specific installations that explore one of the most ubiquitous materials in our world: plastic. Exhibited are works by Xavi L. Aguirre, Simon Anton, Ang Li, Norman Teague and Lauren Yeager. Everlasting Plastics is organized by Ohio-based alternative art organization SPACES in cooperation with the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Everlasting Plastics / Pavilion of the USA at Venice Architecture Biennale 2023. Venice (Italy), May 25, 2023.

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Exhibition text:

Petrochemical polymers known as plastics were developed in the United States as a revolutionary material. Today the global urgency to reframe our approach to the overabundance of plastic detritus in our waterways, landfills, and streets is clear. Exploring our fraught, yet enmeshed, kinship with plastics, Everlasting Plastics considers the ways these materials both shape and erode contemporary ecologies, economies, and the built environment. This exhibition highlights our unseen dependency; demonstrates how plasticity has created expectations for the behaviors of other materials; and points to plastic’s unknown, long-term, and indelible impact on our futures.

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