A Space of Speculation: A Literary Dérive through the Biennial
Literature and literary references permeate many of the works in the Biennial: from novels and poetry anthologies, to quotations and excerpts, to essays and interviews. These appearances are testimonies to literature’s capacity to describe and reflect on the lived environment with subtlety, nuance, and power.
A space of speculation invites four Chicago-based poets to present their work in an itinerant reading through the galleries, expanding the Biennial’s ambition to “draw out multiple narratives, perspectives, and positions” and to “open up arenas of speculation that imagine space and the built environment anew”. In the context of four selected installations, Jennifer Scappettone, Daniel Borzutzky, Gabriel Ojeda-Sagué, and José-Luis Moctezuma provoke dialogues with the questions, themes, and concerns raised in the exhibition. A space of speculation is organized by Cecília Resende Santos, Chicago Architecture Biennial Curatorial Fellow.