PIOVENEFABI AND GIOVANNA SILVA

Milan, Italy

PIOVENEFABI is an office based in Milan, which works in national and international context in the fields of architecture, urban research and design. The office work has been exhibited in the following venues: Trienal de Arquitectura de Lisboa (2013 and 2016), Rotterdam Biennale (2014), Chicago Architecture Biennial (2015), Campo (Rome, 2016) and Frac Orleans (2017). The office will co-curate the next Lisbon Architecture Trienniale in 2019, together with Eric Lapierre, Sebastien Marot, Mariabruna Fabrizi and Fosco Lucarelli.

Ambra Fabi graduated in Architecture in Mendrisio. She has worked as art director and project leader at the Architeckturbüro Peter Zumthor und Partner and as a freelance architect in Milan. In 2012, together with Giovanni Piovene, she founded PIOVENEFABI. She assisted at the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio and she is currently teaching at the KU Leuven in Brussels and at École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture in Marne-la-Vallée Paris Est.

Giovanni Piovene graduated in Architecture in Venice. In 2007 he co-founded the office Salottobuono, of which he has been partner until 2012. He co-founded San Rocco Magazine (2010) and curated the 'Book of Copies’ book and exhibition (2014). In 2012, together with Ambra Fabi, he founded PIOVENEFABI. He assisted at the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio and he is actually part of the FORM teaching unit in École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). He is currently teaching at École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture in Marne-la-Vallée Paris Est.

Giovanna Silva is an Italian photographer, born in Milano in 1980, she still lives and works there. She holds a Master of Science in Architecture from Politecnico di Milano and a Master in Cultural Anthropology, Ethnology, Ethnolinguistics from Università Ca' Foscari, Venezia. She has always used photography for editorial purposes, first in magazines and later on in her publications, until she has decided to establish her own publishing house, Humboldt Books, so that she could also work with other photographers as editor. Photographs are to her an instrument to build a narration, she uses them to tell a story, preferably alongside with texts.

She is founder of San Rocco magazine and she is part of the collectives Desertmed and 900 km Nile City. She teaches Photography at NABA Milano. She has published several books on her projects, both with Italian and international publishers, among which Mousse Publishing and Bedford Press. Her work has been featured in numerous international exhibitions such as the International Architecture Exhibition (Venezia), Villa Romana in Firenze, NGBK in Berlin, MACRO in Rome, Louisiana Museum in Copenhagen and the Biennials of Istanbul and Thessaloniki.

Martina Björn Peterson, Park Pavilion, Bruxelles