The Bartlett School of Architecture


Bartlett alum exhibits at Venice 2014

13 August 2014

Bartlett PhD alum Dr Léa-Catherine Szacka is exhibiting at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia, directed by architect Rem Koolhaas.

Lea-Catherine Szacka, Effimero

Her exhibit is one of the 41 installations of Monditalia in the Arsenale, a scan across the Italian territory from South to North, and more extensively from Africa to the Alps and Europe.’

Szacka’s installation Effimero: Or the Postmodern Italian Condition tells the story of the series of ephemeral works of architecture constructed in Italy between 1977 and 1989. During the late 1970s and 1980s, as a response to the socio-political turmoil known as the anni di piombo (Years of Lead), a number of 'events' took place around ephemeral structures.

Theatre, performing arts and other forms of entertainment acted as catalysts of a new collective imagination which, coupled with the rediscovery of the architectural language of the baroque, gave rise to a new sense of the spectacle, culminating in the Pink Floyd's 1989 Venice concert, for which an entire artificial island was created off St Mark's.

Effimero: Or the Postmodern Italian Condition is both an archive of original drawings, photos and press cuttings of the structures that sustained these spectacles, and a sensitive and interpretative installation recalling an important moment in the Italian cultural scene.

For Effimero: Or the Postmodern Italian Condition, Szacka has worked with U67 - an architecture practice based in Oslo and founded by Italians Fabio Gigone and Angela Gigliotti, the Canadian graphic designer and photographer Valérie Paquette and the French architect Julien Sage-Thomas.

Szacka completed a PhD at The Bartlett in 2012, supervised by Professor Adrian Forty, with a thesis entitled ‘Exhibiting the Postmodern: Three Narratives for a History of the 1980 Venice Architecture Biennale’.

14th International Architecture Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia
Monditalia exhibition, Arsenale di Venezia, Venice
7 June - November 23 2014



Image: Léa-Catherine Szacka, Effimero, 2014. Photo: Valérie Paquette