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The City Who Had Two Navels: Curating the Philippine Pavilion at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale 2018

Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Kahin Center
640 Stewart Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

Part of the Ronald and Janette Gatty series

Edson Cabalfin, Associate Professor, School of Architecture and Interior Design, University of Cincinnati

Dr. Edson Cabalfin will discuss the curatorial concept, exhibition design, opening, and other stories surrounding the creation of the Philippine Pavilion entitled “The City Who Had Two Navels” for the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale, which was staged from May to November 2018 at the Arsenale in Venice, Italy and the homecoming exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila from July to October 2019. Inspired by Filipino National Artist for Literature Nick Joaquin’s novel, “The Woman Who Had Two Navels”, published in 1961, the Philippine Pavilion confronts the tension between the vicissitudes of the past and the challenges of constructing contemporary subjectivity. It highlights two “navels” that are in constant dialogue: the forces of colonialism and neoliberalism and how they impact and shape the Philippine built environment.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Asian Studies, the College of Art, Architecture, and Planning,  and the Asian American Studies Program

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College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Asian Studies, Southeast Asia Program, Asian American Studies Program

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