This exhibition inscribes the reflections of the Biennale “Infinite Freedom, A World for a Feminist Democracy” in a theoretical and historical lineage around architecture, with its manufacturing of territories and its utopias. The title pays homage to the multiple meanings of the word “world” in the writings of Hannah Arendt, understood as the construction of a community among human beings. The “man-made world” of the philosopher’s text is transformed to reference women’s work, but also to recall the role of language in becoming visible and in the power to act.

The Woman-Made World presents
a series of architectures that we consider emblematic in conceptualizing our place in the world, as a space of relationship, roots, and dreams.

Through conceptual and empirical projects, the architects presented here question the concept of modernity inherent in the discipline. They reestablish a place for use and custom, long supplanted by architects’ fantasizing.

Between the architecture of impermanence of Saba Innab and the architecture of relationship of Renée Gailhoustet and Iwona Buczkowska, this landscape sketches a new semantics of the act of “dwelling” and of “building.” The holistic vision of Tatiana Bilbao, the cognitive environments of Angela Hareiter, and the disaggregated forms of Zaha Hadid cohabit in this exhibition of approaches, sometimes anachronistic in relation to each other, but nonetheless necessary to the history of architecture.
Through this first narrative, perhaps it might be possible, in the words of researcher Stéphanie Bouysse-Mesnage, to “look at what gender makes of architecture.”

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