"Dancing Before the Moon". The British Pavilion at Venice Biennale 2023

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Curator team
Jayden Ali, Joseph Henry, Meneesha Kellay, Sumitra Upham.
Commissioner
Exhibitors
Yussef Agbo-Ola, Mac Collins, Shawanda Corbett, Madhav Kidao, Sandra Poulson.
Dates
May 20 to November 26, 2023.
Location
At the 18th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia. British Pavilion in Giardini, Venice, Italy.

Jayden Ali

Jayden Ali is an architect, artist, and filmmaker whose interdisciplinary practice, JA Projects, works internationally on public-facing, cultural projects that strengthen communities and actively reflect on society. He is an educator at Central Saint Martins, a trustee of Open City, and a Design Advocate for the Mayor of London. He has been recognized by numerous publications as a key voice shaping the life of cities and is on the Architects’ Journal’s prestigious "40 Under 40" list. He is an alumnus of the Architectural Association, The Cass, and the University of East London.

Joseph Henry

Joseph Henry is a designer, urbanist, and writer whose practice advocates for equitable processes for making cities. He works at the Greater London Authority as Capital Development Manager in the Culture and Creative Industries Unit. He previously led the Ecological Urbanism research inquiry, where he developed planning policy and guidance to embed circular economy principles into London’s planning system. He, alongside Pooja Agrawal, co-founded Sound Advice, an extra-institutional platform that explores new forms of spatial practice through music. Sound Advice develops projects that foreground narratives and culture critical to designing a more progressive and plural urban environment. Joseph has written for titles such as Dezeen and Casabella He is a trustee of the Russell Maliphant Dance Company and an advisor to Thearum Mundi.

Meneesha Kellay

Meneesha Kellay is a curator and commissioner working across art, architecture, design, and performance. Currently the Senior Curator of, the Contemporary Programme at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), she supports emerging creative practice through commissioning exhibitions, installations, performances, and events. Previously she was Public Programmes Curator at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Assistant Director of the AA Night School at the Architectural Association, and led Open House London 2014. She has worked on projects for the Africa Architecture Awards and the Baltic Pavilion at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia in 2016. She holds a Masters in Cultural and Critical Studies from Goldsmiths, University of London, and a Bachelors in Architecture from the University of Manchester.

Sumitra Upham

Sumitra Upham is a curator and writer interested in spatial and discursive practices and the social value of making. Currently Head of Programmes at the Crafts Council, she oversees its contemporary craft collection and an interdisciplinary program of exhibitions and events. Previously she was Senior Curator of Public Programmes at the Design Museum (2017–21); Curator of Programmes for the 5th Istanbul Design Biennial, Empathy Re-Visited: Designs for more than one (2019–20); and Associate Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London (2012–16). She holds a Masters, in Curating Contemporary Design from Kingston University and a Graduate Certificate in History of Art and Architecture from Birkbeck, University of London. In 2020 she joined the board of Trustees at Cubitt, an artist-run gallery and cooperative.

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