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OPI Lab participants in the Venice Architecture Biennial

Romea Muryń (left) and Sabrina Morreale
Romea Muryń (left) and Sabrina Morreale

Congratulations to Romea Muryń of OPI Lab 2022/23, part of the team representing Spain, and Sabrina Morreale, OPI Lab 2021/22, representing Italy. The 18th Venice Architecture Biennial opens 20 May.
 
Romea Muryń is a researcher, filmmaker, urban planner and architect. She completed the postgraduate research program ‘Hybrid Urbanism’ at Strelka Institute and is co-founder of studio Locument, established 2015. Locument’s movies have been screened internationally including at the 15th Architecture Biennial in Venice; MAXXI in Rome; Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam. As part of Locument, she runs a studio with Francisco Lobo at Amsterdam University of Arts, Academy of Architecture and FAVUT Faculty of Architecture in Brno.

Sabrina Morreale is a spatial practitioner and educator. In 2022 she was included in Venice Biennial as one of 137 Italian female role models in Architecture. Together with Lorenzo Perri, she co-founded Lemonot, an open platform for spatial and relational practices, based between London and Italy. She is currently Studio Master at the Architectural Association Foundation Course and together they are ADS7 Tutors at the Royal College of Art, London.

Project descriptions

By eating, we digest territories.
At the Biennale Architettura 2023, visitors to the Pavilion of Spain will embark on a journey of exploration into the architectures that feed us—from the domestic laboratories of our kitchens to the vast operational landscapes that nourish our cities. “FOODSCAPES offers a real, intelligent, and innovative discourse that promotes research and promises a learning experience in which Spanish architecture and the national territory are the protagonists. Spain occupies a strategic position as a laboratory for a more sustainable future in terms of food systems and the architectures that build them, both because of the variety of its agri-food production and because of our country’s exposure to the climate crisis. The project reveals a practical will to create an architecture capable of changing our view of the world.”

Sea-changes / Possible transformations will be the 6th intervention of the Italian pavilion and explores the region of Sardinia. Our starting point is the production of ”bottarga” (mullet roe) as a way to investigate the complex relationships between traditional products and contemporary supply chains. It aims to highlight the urgency of a holistic approach to food systems as well as the cultural importance of customs: eating habits and models of economic sustenance. We are working through site-specific performances which merge technical and environmental analyses, necessary to address the social, historical, and economic aspects of all these components in a systemic way, in order to develop integrated strategies that allow for a truly sustainable food transition.

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Romea Muryń is a researcher, filmmaker, urban planner and architect. She completed the postgraduate research programme ‘Hybrid Urbanism’ at Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design. She is a co-founder of the studio Locument, established in 2015. Locument’s movies have been screened internationally at exhibitions and film festivals such as – the 15th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, Italy; MAXXI The National Museum of XXI Century Arts in Rome; Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam; the 25th Biennial of Design Ljubljana, Slovenia; Commiserate Chicago Media Art Festival, US. They have collaborated with institutions such as MIT Architecture Department, INDA – Chulalongkorn University Faculty of Architecture and Nikola-Lenivets Classroom. Currently, as a part of Locument, she runs a studio with Francisco Lobo at the Amsterdam University of Arts, Academy of Architecture and FAVUT Faculty of Architecture in Brno.

Sabrina Morreale is a spatial practitioner and educator. In 2022 she was the recipient of the Lerici Foundation artistic grant to develop her documentary in Stockholm. In the same year she was included in Venice Biennial as one of 137 Italian female role models in Architecture. Together with Lorenzo Perri, she co-founded Lemonot, an open platform for spatial and relational practices, based between London and Italy. She is currently Studio Master at the Architectural Association Foundation Course and together they are ADS7 Tutors at the Royal College of Art, London.