Milan at the 23rd Triennale: The French Pavilion explores the current space and its possibilities

Immerse yourself in the French section of the 23rd International Exhibition of the Milan Triennale, a fascinating pavilion created by a trio of young multidisciplinary artists.

Design is not just furniture and objects. Witness the 23rd International Exhibition of Triennale Milano, an international exhibition of contemporary design, which takes place from July 15 to December 11, 2022. Around 400 artists, designers and architects gathered in this huge thematic exhibition and 23 international pavilions, named unknown unknown An introduction to mystery. For this edition, the exhibition’s curator, astrophysicist Ersilia Vaudo, invites us to open our eyes to the mysteries around us, to imagine different futures and new ways of living them. Because design is also a process, a method, a way of questioning the surrounding world.

Among the participating countries, France is present to make its contribution to the multiple perspectives of international design, thanks to a young multidisciplinary team that won the competition organized by the French Institute. The trio consisting of Pablo Bras (designer), Juliet Geli (graphic designer, visual artist and scenographer) and Romain made a bold choice for the Ministry of Culture and European and Foreign Affairs to give opportunities to young people. Guillet (scenographer and designer), to express their thoughts about the many challenges of our contemporary society.

“Beyond conceptual ideas that seemed very interesting to us, we wanted to show the concerns of the younger generation and support them”Eva Guen Bean, President of the French Institute, explained during the opening of the pavilion. “The project is promising, both in its statement, which encourages reflection, and in its implementation. It is exemplary in terms of ecological requirements and is all the stronger because it is carried by the younger generation.Eva Nguyen holds the bean.

Credit: Andrea Rossetti

“Situation: Tactics of Restless Living”: Immersion in a Percussive Pavilion

Entitled their proposal with “Situation: The Living Strategy of the Restless”, the artist trio proposes to make visible what we do not know to see and questions the interaction of the individual with his environment. To do this, the trio decided to call fifteen of their colleagues to participate in their project. Everyone looks at the present instead of imagining the future.
The project works in total energy autonomy, objects are articulated with each other until they echo each other. They thus invite the visitor to question the system of object relations. “A light illuminates an element that needs light, this light is fed by another element in the space, etc…”, explains designer Pablo Bras.

Design Table Expo Triennale Milan
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An eco-responsible scenario

The scenery of the French section is entirely made of brick, totaling 2024, distributed over a space of 90 m². All were produced in Milan with local clay, by the architect, Pietro degli Esposti, who specialized in clay. And all of them will be reused for a permanent arrangement.

In places, these bricks are moved to set up smaller structures on which the guest artists place 28 objects. “They represent a clear metaphor on the question of wealth.”Designer Romain Guillet explains.
However, these objects are not only on display but in use, or at least in situations. These are simple everyday objects, which can be used or eaten, such as a shovel and a broom, an inflatable hammock to sit on, another speaker to broadcast sound. “The idea was to provide a space for practice and allow an experience », says the artist Juliet Geli.

Keep your eyes peeled: The space is punctuated with graphic elements to observe. On some bricks, the public discovers a number with a symbol, accompanied by explanatory texts screen-printed on wall panels. Kali also ‘house’. Juliet created one, especially for the Triennial exhibition. Made from a mixture of water, pizza dough and vegetable charcoal, all ingredients come from northern Italy.

All pieces presented are available on the website of the French section of the Triennale Milano. Attention, only during the exhibition, responds to an argument of eco-responsibility.

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