Joseph alongside curatorial team selected is Jayden Ali, Meneesha Kellay and Sumitra Upham has been selected to represent the UK at the 18th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia 2023.

The exhibition will explore non-extractive material culture ­- revealing how diasporic craft and material cultures can help foster a more sustainable future for British architecture, built on principles of care and equity over extraction and exploitation.

Jayden Ali, Joseph Henry, Meneesha Kellay, and Sumitra Upham said:

“We want to thank the Selection Committee for inviting us to curate the British Pavilion for la Biennale di Venezia 2023.

“Our exhibition will explore architecture of the diaspora through a pre-colonial lens, celebrating the spectrum of architectural philosophies, making practices and material knowledge within those communities.

“Foregrounding their currency at a time of growing social polarisation and ecological degradation, we intend to amplify voices and perspectives that have been previously overlooked in British architecture. Our pavilion will readdress the architectural canon through a joyful celebration of pluralism.”

Jayden Ali is the Founding Director of interdisciplinary practice JA Projects and a Senior Lecturer at Central Saint Martins; Joseph Henry is a designer and urbanist, co-founder of platform Sound Advice and works as part of the Culture and Creative Industries Team at the Greater London Authority; Meneesha Kellay is the Contemporary Programme Curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A); and Sumitra Upham is a curator and writer, currently Head of Public Programmes at the Crafts Council.