ignacio g. galán
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Cinecitta Occupata Gallery

Photo by Miguel de Guzmanimagensubliminal.com

Photo by Begoña Zubero

Photo by Miguel de Guzmanimagensubliminal.com

Photo by Miguel de Guzmanimagensubliminal.com

Photo by Miguel de Guzmanimagensubliminal.com

Photo by Miguel de Guzmanimagensubliminal.com

Photo by Miguel de Guzmanimagensubliminal.com

Photo by Miguel de Guzmanimagensubliminal.com

Photo by Begoña Zubero

Curation of an installation on the film studios Cinecittà, within the section Monditalia at the 14 International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia (by invitation of the general curator of Rem Koolhaas)

Corderie dell'Arsenale, Venice (Italy) / June 7 - November 23, 2014

The studio complex Cinecittà, known as Italy's "factory of images," manufactures realities for film and television and circulates them as fictions gathering together different constituencies. At the same time, these fictions are housed in a built structure that, though remaining invisible behind them, occupies more than 500.000 sqm within the city of Rome and is submitted to its changing logics throughout history, its legal frameworks and associated processes of land speculation. Access to this enclave is a precious (and restricted) asset, since its activities congregate an influential set of actors playing roles not only in film, but in broader cultural and economic networks.

The installation Cinecittà Occupata borrows its name from the 2012 occupation of the famous roman film studios, by workers in protest against their recent business strategies, which workers saw as dismissing their expertise and turning Cinecittà's interests away from film and toward projects that depend on the entanglement of image production with the entertainment and tourism industries. As squatters, they are the most recent occupants of the studios, "Cinecittà okkupata."

Beyond this polemic, Cinecittá Occupata showcases the studios' different kinds of occupations—considering both the fictional spaces that gather us, and the spaces of fiction production—and reflects on Cinecittà as a laboratory for the scrutiny of post-industrial societies—one that has been continuously negotiated and contested.

See more in www.cinecittaoccupata.com

Photo by Miguel de Guzman, imagensubliminal.com

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Design and research: Ignacio G. Galán

Ignacio G. Galán and Jose Ahedo, design and construction; Cyrus Penarroyo, graphic design;  Jose Meza, diagrams; Jacob Moore, text editor; Juan Rey, structures; Bat Spain, textiles; Luis Mesejo, web design. With video by Hugo Kenzo, drawings by Thomas Kelley and photographs by Begoña Zubero.

Special thanks to Lucia Allais,  Katy Barkan, Sara Martin, Marina Otero, Javier Rubin, Andrea Sabbadini, Azzurra Stilo, Lèa-Catherine Szacka, Fondo Belloni Peressutti, and Cinecittá World.

Supporters: Consejería Cultural Embajada de España en Roma (AECID), AC/E, www.batspain.com, Serge Ferrari, Elise Jaffe+Jeffrey Brown

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  • About Open or Close

    [igg - office for architecture] is a design and research office based in New York City and led by Ignacio G. Galán, PhD. Our work focuses on architecture's role in the articulation of society through design projects, research, and pedagogical endeavors. The designs of the office have been awarded in competitions including the First Prize for the New Velodrome in Medellín and are part of the permanent collection of the Pompidou Center. 

    We operate through diverse media and platforms and are continuously informed by different kinds of conversations and collaborations. Galán's research has led to the production of several publications and exhibitions including the installation Cinecittá Occupata for the 2014 Venice Biennale and the exhibitions Your Restroom is a Battleground and The Restroom Pavillion for the 2021 Venice Biennale. Together with the After Belonging Agency, Galán was the Chief Curator of the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale. He is also a member of the research project Radical Pedagogies and has co-curated its exhibition at the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale and at the 2014 Venice Biennale, where it was awarded a Special Mention of the jury. He is one of the editors of the eponymous volume (MIT Press, 2022).

    Additionally, Galán is an architecture historian working on the intersection of architecture, politics, and media, with a particular focus on nationalism, colonialism, migration, and access.

    You can visit his faculty profile here.

  • Statement Open or Close

    We understand architecture as a key agent participating in the articulation of society. 

    We explore the ways in which architecture contributes to the definition of new ways of being together.

    We are concerned with architecture's relation to cultural transfers, material networks, and diverse forms of population transience. 

    We are additionally interested in the objects, media technologies, and institutions transforming architecture's individual occupations, its collective operations, and its diverse types of mobilization. 

    We are interested in architecture's capacity to mediate social pursuits for access, diversity, and assistance.

    These emphases lead the work of the office and continuously challenge our methods of analysis and our design practice.