23. Triennale Milano: The French pavilion explores the current space and its possibilities

Immersion in the French section of the 23rd International Exhibition of the Milan Triennale, a striking pavilion created by a trio of young interdisciplinary artists.

Design is not just furniture and objects. See the 23rd International Exhibition of the Triennale Milano, an international showcase of contemporary design, which will take place from July 15 to December 11, 2022. Around 400 artists, designers and architects and 23 international pavilions are gathered in this huge thematic exhibition with the title Unknown unknowns. An Introduction to the Mysteries. For this edition, the exhibition’s curator, astrophysicist Ersilia Vaudo, invites us to open our eyes to the mysteries that surround us, to imagine different futures and new ways of inhabiting them. Because design is also a process, a method, a way of questioning the outside world.

Among the participating countries, France is present to make its contribution to the many perspectives of international design, thanks to a young multidisciplinary team winner of the competition organized by the French Institute. The Ministry of Culture and the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs have made the bold choice to give the opportunity to a trio of young people, consisting of Pablo Bras (designer), Juliette Gelli (graphic designer, visual artist and scenographer) and Romain Guillet (scenographer and designer), to express their thoughts on the many challenges in our contemporary society.

“In addition to the conceptual idea, which seemed very interesting to us, we wanted to show the concerns of the younger generations and support them”explains Eva Nguyen Binh, president of the French Institute, during the inauguration of the pavilion. “The project is committed, both in its statement, which calls for reflection, and in its implementation. It is exemplary in relation to the ecological imperative and all the more strongly as it is carried by young generations.retainer Eva Nguyen Binh.

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“Situations: Strategies for Inhabiting the Unstable”: Immersion in a Percussive Pavilion

With their proposal justified “Situations: Strategies for Inhabiting the Unstable”, the trio of artists proposes to make visible what we do not know how to see and raises the question of the individual’s interaction with his environment. To do this, the trio took it upon themselves to call fifteen of their colleagues to join their project. Everyone observes the present instead of imagining the future.
The project works in total energy autonomy, the objects articulate with each other until they echo each other. They thus encourage the visitor to question the system of object relations. “A light illuminates an element that needs light, this light is supplied by another element in the room, etc…”, explains designer Pablo Bras.

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An environmentally responsible scenography

The scenography of the French section is made entirely of bricks, 2024 in total, spread over a space of 90 m². All were produced in Milan with local clay, by the architect specializing in raw clay, Pietro Degli Esposti. And all of them will then be recycled into a permanent arrangement.

In some places, these bricks are removed to build small architectures, on which the 28 objects of the guest artists are placed. “They represent an obvious metaphor for the issue of resources”explains designer Romain Guillet.
However, these objects are not only on display, but in use, or at least in situations. They are simple everyday objects that can be used or consumed, such as a shovel and a broom, inflatable hammocks to sit on, another speaker to emit sound. “The idea was to offer a space to practice and allow an experience », says the artist Juliette Gelli.

Keep your eyes open: the room is characterized by graphic elements that you can observe. On some bricks, the public discovers a number accompanied by a symbol, which is found accompanied by explanatory texts printed on the panels on the wall. The ink is also “house”. Juliette made one, especially for the Triennale exhibition. Made from a mixture of water, pizza flour and vegetable charcoal, all the ingredients come from northern Italy.

All the presented pieces are available on the website of the French section of the Triennale Milano. Attention, only the time of the exhibition, to respond to a logic of eco-responsibility.

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