Luanda Encyclopedic City

Luanda is the privileged research site of this project, which continues the curatorial line adumbrated by B/E at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition. The complexity of a city such as Luanda derives from the presence of unpredictable spaces and the coexistence of irreconcilable programs: city and country, infrastructure and habitations, garbage tips and public spaces.
Luanda is an Encyclopedic City. How can the knowledge of a city be organized through the taxonomy of its spaces? Central to the pavilion is a reflection on the ways in which images are used to give form to the way the city is experienced.
Edson Chagas’s Found not Taken series concentrates on the systematic cataloging of abandoned objects that are repositioned within an urban context creating new relationships between the objects and their context, form and its codification. What relationships are created between spaces and their images? What role are imagination and creativity allowed to play in this urban taxonomy?

Year: 2013
Artist: Edson Chagas
Art Direction: Tankboys
Film: Pedro Lino
Co-curated with Stefano Rabolli Pansera

Exhibited at the 55th International Arts Exposition – La Biennale di Venezia and is part of the Zeitz Mocca – Museum of Contemporary Art Africa permanent collection.