Project Description

XXII Triennale International Exhibition, Triennale di Milano
Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival
Fondazione Francesca Rava – N.P.H. Italia Onlus present
“Haiti – KayCasaMaisonHome”
March 1st – September 1st, 2019

Daniel González is pleased to exhibit in XXII International Exhibition, Triennale di Milano in the Haiti pavilion, curated by Arch. Mariano Pichler and commissioned by Francesca Rava Foundation – NPH Italia. Courtesy Boccanera Gallery.


“Haiti – KayCasaMaisonHome”

Francesca Rava Foundation – NPH Italy is pleased to represent Haiti at the XXII Triennale di Milano International Exhibition. Once again, the Francesca Rava Foundation, representing the international organization Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (N.P.H.) in Italy and the St. Luc Foundation for Haiti, wants to draw the attention to a country suffering dramatically from poverty and natural disasters, such as the major earthquake in 2010 and subsequent devastating hurricanes. In continuity with its participation in the XXI Triennale di Milano International Exhibition in 2016 with The House as a Right. From Shack to Brick, Architecture in Response to Human Rights, the Haiti pavilion outlines the humanitarian efforts made in a reconstruction and redevelopment project supported by the Francesca Rava Foundation in the slums of Port-au-Prince called Fors LakayThe Strength of Home in creole.
Nature is strong and sometimes destructive in Haiti. In a country already struggling for development through social revolts, political instability, and disease, where more than 300,000 people live in Cité Soleil, Port-au-Prince, in shacks that are frequently swept away by floods and heavy rains and where children play in mud and rubbish, the Fors Lakay project, with support from Italy and the work of the local community, has built 250 brick houses, restoring dignity to the people and providing a healthy place to for children to play.
In the Haiti Pavilion – KayCasaMaisonHome, curated by Mariano Pichler, visitors are invited to walk through the ephemeral architecture Mi Casa Tu Casa – Reversal Haiti House by Argentinian artist Daniel González, a house built with everyday Haitian objects that shows its most cherished possessions bringing the internal dimension to the outside. This Kay is in dialogue with Mi Casa Tu Casa – Building Memory, a load-bearing wall that includes in its own architecture the memories of living moments. Proposing a comparison between a house made of metal sheets and a house made of bricks, in a continuous visual and emotional exchange, the works suggest the right to a dignified home, rather than just a shelter, and a place to live as a human being and to have and preserve positive memories and emotions.
This Kay is inhabited by the sounds of Haiti that Chiara Luzzana, sound artist and composer, has created by combining sound samples with a meticulous programming that transforms images of Haitian life into music. The rhymes of the kids in the Fors Lakay community blend with the sounds from the rooms of the NPH Saint Damien Paediatric Hospital. The children’s laughter is interrupted by the impetus of a nature which suddenly destroys everything. The soundtrack Haiti Sounds is divided into four moments, alternating hopes and precariousness in a sound journey that embraces the visitor.
Stefano Guindani, always at the side of Francesca Rava Foundation, captures an important social moment with his striking shots of Saut d’Eau, one of the most fascinating and powerful places in Haiti. Here Haitian people, both Catholics and voodoo practitioners, are united by the purifying immersion in the sacred waterfalls where nature is back to being a good mother and where the power of water, one of the key element of the island’s cultural identity, surprise the viewer.

During the exhibition, guided visits will be organized by Francesca Rava Foundation
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Commissario Commissioner: Fondazione Francesca Rava – NPH Italia Onlus Delfina Boni, Responsabile Progetti Culturali Cultural Project Manager, Maria Chiara Roti, Vice Presidente Vice President; Curatore Curator: Mariano Pichler; Autori Authors: Daniel González, Stefano Guindani, Chiara Luzzana; Coordinamento di progetto Project Management Elena Girelli, Studio Daniel González, Inc.; Consulente Design Design Consultant: Lina Obregón; Produzione e allestimento Production and Set-Up: ALTOFRAGILE, Milano; Foto Photos: Andrea Martiradonna, SGP e and Elena Girelli; Ufficio Stampa Press Office: Silvia Valigi; Main Partner: Gruppo Eco Eridania; Partners: Clear Channel, Gucci, Ruggero Morandini, PBA Sponsor Tecnico Technical Partner: I.S.A.C., Giuseppe Magarelli, Melzi e figli, Modulcasa Line; Courtesy: Boccanera Gallery, Trento – Milano

Grazie a Thanks To: Martina Borsotti, Michelangelo Cambiaso Erizzo, Valentina Cantoni, Johnny Dalla Libera, Diletta Grella, Pierfrancesco Maran, Marco Omini, Carlotta Pichler, Maina Rossetto, Marco Villa