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UNCEDED: Voices of the Land

“Unceded” explores four key themes: indigeneity, resilience, sovereignty and colonization. This sets “Unceded” apart from many other architectural exhibitions, especially ones seen at large biennials like Venice.  Canadian Art

“As visitors move within through the curved walls of the enclosed exhibit, the space comes alive with multimedia artwork featuring examples of architecture, indigenous voices and scenes of lush forests and rushing rivers.” The Guardian


Canada Council for the Arts selected internationally renowned architect Douglas Cardinal and a team of Indigenous architects to represent Canada at the Venice Biennale Architettura 2018 .

Mr. Cardinal, the driving force behind this historical initiative, is best known for his designs of the Canadian Museum of History and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C.

This exhibition  showcases 18 Indigenous architects from Turtle Island (Canada and the USA) to represent Canada at the Venice Biennale of Architecture, the most prestigious architectural event in the world. Together with Cardinal they showcase their innovative design talent through an immersive and breathtaking installation.

UNCEDED: Voices of the Land is a celebration of Indigenous architecture that speaks to and from landscapes of resilience, overcoming unforgiving limitations and serving as a register of hope and pride for Indigenous designers across Turtle Island.

UNCEDED: Voices of the Land is an experience bringing together the past, present and future of the Indigenous experience as seen through the eyes and minds of Indigenous architects on Turtle Island. The exhibit dynamically tells the story through four thematic metaphors – indigeneity, resilience, sovereignty, and colonization.