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Nahyun Hwang — 2021.5.18 07:57 PM

The project engages complex geographies of precarity and perseverance borne on the selected small island nations, whose habitable territories and their physical, political, economic, and cultural grounds are critically threatened by sea-level rise and other phenomena of climate change.. Situated at the vulnerable crux of environmental injustice, colonial and enslaved pasts, and ongoing resource and territorial struggles among global powers, a significant number of the inhabitants of SIDS (Small Island Developing States, a United Nations designation) are at the risk of losing the physical foundation of their long-guarded culture, identities, and self-determination, and may join the population of climate refugees produced by anthropogenic causes, projected to reach 200 million by 2050.

Investigating the critical intersections of environmental precarity, post and neo-colonial statehood, diaspora, and territorial mobility, Now You Belong Here brings forward the plural realities and entanglements of the island territories through the articulation of selected, highly specific, manifestations. Foregrounding the epistemologies and agencies of islands’ peoples, the dialogs with and the contributions by individuals from the islands and various diaspora communities, including artists, activists, and scholars, challenge the monolithic portraitures of victimhood and present a more complex view of the crises in the context of the unique histories and cultures of each locale.

Engaging the individual islands intimately, while examining the continuities and disjunctures across and beyond the global archipelago, the project aims to render the spaces of the climate crisis as a shared planetary realm. Aiming to
provoke conversations around the sustained asymmetry, and the socio-political, human, and ecological consequences of climate change and the legacy of mechanisms of dispossessions in the milieu, the project investigates the slow yet persisting violence towards erasures and the persevering fights against them, while exploring the shifting relationship between land (and sea), people, and belonging.

Nahyun Hwang — 2021.5.18 07:54 PM

The short film “Selected Stories from Now You Belong Here” that presents excerpts from the project is exhibited at the Korean Pavilion, at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale from 22 May to 21 November 2021.

Nahyun Hwang — 2021.5.19 03:25 AM
Nahyun Hwang — 2021.5.18 10:30 PM

Paradise Isles

Nahyun Hwang — 2021.5.18 07:20 PM

Building Soft Walls

David Eugin Moon — 2021.5.15 02:10 AM

Pillory

David Eugin Moon — 2021.5.15 02:10 AM

Proving Grounds

David Eugin Moon — 2021.5.15 02:10 AM

Burrowing the Tropical

David Eugin Moon — 2021.5.15 02:18 AM

Weaving Again

David Eugin Moon — 2021.5.15 05:44 AM

Nested Territories

David Eugin Moon — 2021.5.15 02:11 AM

Disappearing Clouds

David Eugin Moon — 2021.5.15 02:11 AM

Tabula Rasa of Hinnavaru

David Eugin Moon — 2021.5.15 02:12 AM

Trash Finds a Way

David Eugin Moon — 2021.5.15 02:12 AM

Offshore

David Eugin Moon — 2021.5.15 02:18 AM

Migrating Islands

David Eugin Moon — 2021.5.15 05:43 AM

Hidden Interiors

David Eugin Moon — 2021.5.15 02:12 AM

Crude Land

David Eugin Moon — 2021.5.15 02:12 AM

What Irma Brings

David Eugin Moon — 2021.5.15 02:13 AM

Undersea Territory

David Eugin Moon — 2021.5.15 02:13 AM

Fallout

David Eugin Moon — 2021.5.15 02:21 AM

Islands and the Ship

David Eugin Moon — 2021.5.15 02:14 AM

Landfalls

David Eugin Moon — 2021.5.15 02:14 AM

Sugar Train

David Eugin Moon — 2021.5.15 02:14 AM

Nasse

David Eugin Moon — 2021.5.15 02:22 AM

Dove vs. Passport

David Eugin Moon — 2021.5.15 05:51 AM
Now You Belong Here

Now You Belong Here

Venice, Online, Exhibition

Rendering the world archipelago

Overview

Now You Belong Here / Small Island States engages with complex geographies of precarity and perseverance borne by small island nations, whose habitable territories and physical, political, economic and cultural grounds are critically threatened by rising sea levels and other phenomena of climate change. Vulnerably situated at the crux of environmental injustice, colonial and enslaved legacies and ongoing struggles between global powers over resources and territories, a significant number of the inhabitants of SIDS (Small Island Developing States—a United Nations designation) are at the risk of losing the physical foundation of their long-guarded culture, identity and self-determination, and may join the population of climate refugees produced by anthropogenic causes, projected to reach 200 million by 2050.

Investigating the critical intersections of environmental precarity, post and neo-colonial statehood, diaspora, and territorial mobility, Now You Belong Here / Small Island States highlights the plural realities and entanglements of these island territories through selected, highly specific manifestations that foreground the epistemologies and agencies of their inhabitants. A series of dialogues with and contributions from individuals from the islands and various diaspora communities—including artists, activists, and scholars—challenge existing, monolithic portraitures of victimhood and present a more complex view of the crisis in
the context of the unique histories and cultures of
each locale.

Engaging the individual islands intimately while examining the continuities and disjunctures across and beyond the global archipelago, the project aims to render the spaces of the climate crisis as a shared planetary realm. Intending to provoke conversations around the socio-political, human and ecological consequences of climate change and the legacy of mechanisms of dispossession, the project investigates the slow yet persisting violence that supports the process of erasure and the ongoing fights against it while exploring the shifting relationship between land (and sea), people and belonging.

Exhibition program participants

Happening now

Workers blocking the street during a protest in Vicenza. May 2021

The Venetian Team — The Venetian Team: Lagoon Dialogues — Yesterday

Maestranze dello Spettacolo Veneto during the protest at La Fenice Theatre. June 2021

The Venetian Team — The Venetian Team: Lagoon Dialogues — Yesterday

Demonstration in front of La Fenice Theatre in Venice. June 2021

The Venetian Team — The Venetian Team: Lagoon Dialogues — Yesterday

Venetian workers from art and cultural sector, protesting during lockdown. May 2020

The Venetian Team — The Venetian Team: Lagoon Dialogues — Yesterday

AWI (Art Workers Italia) during the occupation of the Piccolo Teatro in Milan. April 2021

The Venetian Team — The Venetian Team: Lagoon Dialogues — Yesterday

Screenshot from the Dialogues #002 - Lunch at Korean Pavilion

The Venetian Team — The Venetian Team: Lagoon Dialogues — Yesterday

New Project from Officina Marghera and Architetture Precarie

The Venetian Team — The Venetian Team: Lagoon Dialogues — Yesterday

Pandemic and Mechanical Surveillance_Alex Taek-Gwang Lee

Future School Staff — Futurology of Schools — Yesterday

Exhibition programs

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