The Japanese Pavilion at the 2021 Venice Biennale Addresses Mass Consumption and Reusability


Japanese house before dismantling. Image © Jan Vranovský

Japanese house before dismantling. Image © Jan Vranovský

For this year’s edition of the Venice Biennale, the Japan Pavilion invites visitors to reflect on the movement of goods fuelling mass consumption and rethink sustainability and reuse in architecture. Titled Co-ownership of Action: Trajectories of Elements, the project curated by Kadowaki Kozo involves dismantling an old wooden Japanese house and transporting it to Venice to be reconstructed in a new configuration with the addition of modern materials. The exhibition exemplifies how old materials could be given an entirely new existence by putting the current movement of goods in the service of reuse rather than consumption.

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