The theme of the 2016 Venice Biennale is “Reporting from the Front,” which looks at architecture that improves the quality of the built environment as well as quality of life. Canada’s response will explore the theme of extraction, an economy which supports our urban economies and a sector in which Canadian companies and markets play a central role.
A nation-wide competition entitled “Extraction” will include an installation at Canada’s pavilion in Venice, an accompanying collection of essays, and a film made with artist Edward Burtynsky. The essay collection will address the political, environmental and economic aspects of the Canadian resource economy and include contributions from, among others, writer Thomas King, artist Michael Awad, and architect and planner John van Nostrand.
The project will be launched at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2016, then tour across a series of resource regions throughout Canada to mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017.