May 18, 2018
A showcase of Indigenous architecture that will represent Canada on the world stage is being hailed as an “amazing step” toward reconciliation by the man leading the talented team.
Eminent Canadian architect Douglas Cardinal, who’s best known for designing the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C., is leading the team of 17 architects from across North America, otherwise known as Turtle Island.
Their work is being featured at this year’s Venice Biennale in Architecture — the 16th annual edition of the world’s most important exhibition of contemporary architecture. More than 70 countries are participating in the event, which opens in Venice on May 26 and runs until Nov. 25. It’s expected to attract more than 300,000 visitors.
Titled Unceded: Voices of the Land, the work by Cardinal and his team explores themes of environmental stewardship, Indigenous rights and the teachings of a matriarchal society to the world stage.
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