Based in Sydney since 2015, Grandeza (Amaia Sanchez-Velasco, Jorge Valiente Oriol, and Gonzalo Valiente Oriol) is a collective of architects, artists, educators and researchers founded in Madrid in 2011. In mid-2017, they started collaborating with Miguel Rodriguez-Casellas (alias Bajeza), operating since then as the creative “ménage-à-quatre” Grandeza/Bajeza.
Their work studies late-capitalist spaces and narratives to identify – through critical analysis – and challenge – through political imagination – the mechanisms that veil and normalize neoliberal violence. In 2019, the team was commissioned to conceptualize and design the Australian pavilion for the XXII Triennale di Milano: “Teatro Della Terra Alienata”, which received the Golden Bee Award for the best international contribution. This work was acquired, in 2020, by the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) for the museum’s permanent collection of Contemporary Design and Architecture.
Grandeza’s work has been widely published and exhibited in Germany (Bauhaus Dessau in 2014); USA (1st Chicago Architecture Biennial in 2015); Chile (XX Chilean Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism in 2017, and Campus Creativo at Universidad Andrés Bello in 2022); Spain (XIV Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism in 2018, and Arts Santa Mònica in 2022); Italy (XXII Triennale di Milano in 2019); the Netherlands (Bureau Europa in 2019); and Australia (Mildura Arts Centre in 2016, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery in 2017, Bank Art Museum Moree in 2018, Tin Sheds Gallery in 2018, Australian Design Centre in 2018, MADA Gallery in 2020, and National Gallery of Victoria in 2022).