School of Geography Artist-in-residence to represent Australia at the Venice Biennale 2018

The School of Geography’s 2017 Artist in Residence Linda Tegg is part of the winning team selected to represent Australia in the 2018 Venice Architecture biennale, the world's highest-profile architectural event that runs from May to November.

The winning exhibition proposal Repair by Baracco and Wright and Linda Tegg showcases Australian architecture that engages with the rehabilitation of the country’s natural environment. The Australian Pavilion in Venice will be filled with up to 50,000 plants. This builds on ideas developed by Tegg in 2014 when she created a grassland installation on the steps of the State Library of Victoria in 2014.

“I wondered what the library had replaced," she said. "This question pointed to a blind spot, and prompted me to bring this unique plant community into renewed proximity with our cultural institutions. It’s exciting to collaborate with Baracco and Wright to bring a grassland into focus at the Venice Biennale.”

As the School of Geography’s Artist-in-Residence, Linda Tegg currently has a studio at the Potter Gallery on campus and is focusing on observational practices across the school. Her work in progress Sensing Climate investigates the methods in the lab, field, and archive that geographers deploy in their research – to look at practices of looking.

The 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale will be held from 26 May to 28 November.

Creative directors for Australia’s exhibition at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. L–R: Linda Tegg, Mauro Baracco and Louise Wright.

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