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Architectural illustration showing people in a room with multi-coloured panels.

Anna Freiesleben — The Glasswork: Crossing Boundaries


During a time of increasing hostility towards ‘the other’, evidenced by responses to the global refugee crisis and discussions surrounding Brexit and the US/Mexico border, this urban intervention aims to reconnect people across mental, social and environmental boundaries.

Occupying the site of a former power station and projecting into the layered landscape of Holes Bay, The Powerhouse District exists as a permanent and integrated ‘alternative Venice Biennale’, in which pavilions are organised by artistic medium rather than by nation-state. This shift in focus allows both locals residents and visiting artists to identify with one another through an alternative lens.