The Board of La Biennale di Venezia decided to entrust the curatorship of the 16th International Exhibition of Architecture in 2018 to Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara.
Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara live and work in Dublin, where they graduated at the School of Architecture at University College and founded the Grafton Architects in 1977.
On the occasion of this decision, the President Paolo Baratta said the following:
“The Exhibition of Alejandro Aravena has offered visitors a critical examination of the evolution of architecture in the world and underlined the importance that a qualified demand from individuals and communities meet an equally effective, thus confirming the fact that architecture is part of civil society tools to organize the space in which they live and work.
Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara will resume the same issue from another point of view, turning attention to the quality of public and private space, the urban space, the territory and the landscape as major references and purpose of the same architecture. The curators, known for the refinement of their work, are also known for an intense pedagogical activity and their ability to engage and excite the younger generation. “
- Yvonne Farrell e Shelley McNamara. Courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia