Representing Antigua at the Venice Biennale

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Representing Antigua at the Venice Biennale – Adia Duberry

The National Pavilion of Antigua and Barbuda at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia has been an amazing opportunity where I’ve met, interacted, networked and educated many different people from around the world who have come to see the exhibition. We are one of the few exhibitions that have a true purpose of bringing awareness about the issues affecting us in our twin-island nation under the theme: “Environmental Justice as a Civil Right.” Many people come and share their support for our projects being displayed in the pavilion and sympathise with us if they are from regions of the world that do experience the staggering effects of natural disasters and climate change. Every day is new and interesting with stimulating conversations geared towards the general interest in learning about our islands, the people, the way of life, how we plan to combat change and our vision for a way forward. One of the best moments I’ve had working in the pavilion is having a group from our neighbouring island of Nevis visit us, and they were very proud to see Caribbean representation on such a large international platform. The pavilion is situated in a beautiful cloister in the Don Orione Artigianelli, with the sounds of crashing waves and beautiful island flowers that make it as if you’re in the Caribbean and people can relax and feel the hospitality when they visit the space.

A picture with the persons from Nevis from left to right: Suzanne Gordon, Todd Miller, Cheryl Markosky, and Peter Swain.