Premio Leona Violeta | First prize for women’s participation to the Greek


Pavilion Venice Biennale 2016 16 July 2016 Premio Leona Violeta | First prize for women’s participation to the Greek Pavilion
The Purple Lion 2016 for women’ s participation, Premio Leona Violeta, was awarded to the Greek Pavilion together with Mexico’s by Un Dia Una Arquitecta

The jury is composed of the following members:

Daniela Arias Laurino (Granada)
Ismael Eyras (Buenos Aires)
Claudia Faena (Buenos Aires)
Isaura González Gottdiener (México City)
María Cecilia Kesman (Córdoba)
Florencia Marciani (Córdoba)
Cayetana Mercé (Buenos Aires)
Inés Moisset (Córdoba)
Zaida Muxi (Barcelona)
Inés Novella (Madrid)

The jury evaluated the 59 national delegations whose production was presented at the Biennale di Venezia 2016
according to the slogan: Reporting from the front. In a first stage 29 pavilions commissioned and/or curated by women were selected. Exhibition, design, visibility and communication criteria were taken into consideration along with the exhibited quality of the foregoing. The jury agreed upon the nomination of 10 candidates for the 2016 Purple Lioness Award:
United States
Baltic States
The result of the voting is as follows:
FIRST PRIZE (shared)
Greek#ThisIsACo-op (8 votes)- Mexico Dispiegamenti e Assemblaggi (Despliegues y ensambles). (8 votes)
Peru Our Amazon Frontline (5 votes)
Fundamentals of the jury
The pavilion is commissioned by architect Eirini Klampatsea, Minister of Environment and Energy and curated by the Association of Greek Architects led by architect Tonia Katerini. The jury appreciated the creative process of the pavilion, an inclusive and open experiment, where the bottom-up construction proposal is remarkable. A cooperative network was put together for the implementation of this execution modality. The theme was chosen through an open call where a scientific committee summarized the emerging topics. Subsequently, there was a second call with 49 presentations complemented by meetings and workshops. Although the meetings were held in Athens, it was possible to attend via streaming, and interact via Skype and forums. The pavilion and the logo were results of participatory design; and the catalogue design was defined in a selection process.
The respective tasks were divided into six working groups. Greece shows both essays and projects from crisis on five fronts: Urban Crisis, Refugee Crisis, Professional Crisis, Space as a Common Good and Collective Issues. Women participation among exhibitors has a positive intervention average: from a total of 136 participants; 74 are women.
23 parallel events will take place in the pavilion which has a small grand stand. The communication of the exhibition, the innovative participatory design process and the collective activities to be carried through the Biennale are hosted in a blog that allows interaction with the public.


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