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Portuguese architect, curator, and co-founder of The Decorators, Mariana Pestana, has been revealed as the curator of the Istanbul Design Biennial in 2020.

Pestana is the curator of Eco-Visionaries: Art and Architecture after the Anthropocene, an exhibition running until 8 October 2019 examining how designers are responding to the damage humans are doing to the environment. The exhibition is simultaneously on display at the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT) in Lisbon and galleries in Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

She has curated shows at the V&A Museum, including The Future Starts Here show, and ArkDes – the Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design. She is currently curating the Young Curators Lab for the Porto Design Biennale 2019.

Pestana is also a co-founder of London studio The Decorators, which she runs with Suzanne O’Connell, Xavi Llarch Font, and Carolina Caicedo.

“Mariana Pestana’s passionate approach will be beneficial to the biennial in many ways, and her critical reflections on contemporary issues and inquiries into fictional futures are quite intriguing,” said the board of the Istanbul Design Biennial.

“We believe that she will put all her soul into turning this edition into a memorable one, and relish the opportunity to extend the collaborative approach of the Istanbul Design Biennial.”

The concept for the fifth Istanbul Design Biennial, which will run from 26 September to 8 November 2020, will be announced soon.