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Background - Kingdom of Bahrain pavilion - B22 / Stefano Tropea - Italy
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Background - Kingdom of Bahrain pavilion - B22 / Stefano Tropea - Italy
B22 / Stefano Tropea - Italy
B22 / Stefano Tropea - Italy
B22 is an architecture practice, committed to produce fresh design concepts for complex programs at any scale. More in detail, B22 provides architecture, interior design, urban and landscape design for clients both from the public and private sector: clients are supplied with multidisciplinary solutions, suitable for specific programs and projects requirements. Recent work by the practice includes the Kingdom of Bahrain pavilion at the 12th (Golden Lion award, best national participation) and 13th Venice Architecture Biennale and a 56 dwellings social housing building in Milan, Italy (Gold Medal for
Italian Architecture, First work award; Italian Architecture Young Talent Prize, Nominated).

Stefano Tropea  (Padova, 1983) after studying architecture and urban design at the Università Iuav di Venezia and at the Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura de Barcelona, has worked for Cino Zucchi Architetti in Milano, and for Claus en Kaan Architecten and SeARCH in Amsterdam. Co-founder of B22, he’s currently teaching assistant at Politecnico di Milano and member of the board of directors of the Chamber of Architects of Milan.

Project Description

The exhibition installation of the Kingdom of Bahrain pavilion at the 13th Biennale di Venezia consists of five projections of background imagery from Bahrain projected in simultaneous Venetian time. By isolating scenery which is normally supplemented by a news anchor, a news bar and sound commentary, the installation seeks to bring to the foreground what normally looms in the background. Through seemingly random scenes of Bahraini urban landscape, the installation evokes our construction of an imaginary of remote urban landscapes through their fragmented appearance in the media and in our living rooms. Five large portals – that reflect exactly the shape of the openings behind – on which the Bahraini images are projected, some folding stools and four tables on which are placed the catalogs, complete the exhibition set.
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