The Italian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2018, curated by Mario Cucinella, explores the theme of "Arcipelago Italia," investigating the quality of public and private space and the importance of historical and cultural heritage. The focus is on the less wellknown and often neglected areas of Italy, celebrating small communities and architecture that represents history and the contemporary. The aim is to find new ways to adapt to the needs of society and revive these areas for a better future
Supermarket sweep… the Latvian pavilion which has been transformed into a minimart.
This contribution brings a little levity to the long trek through the halls of the Arsenale.
Choice as the basis of architectural process, the pop aesthetics emphasizing the languages of consumption as in Hamilton or Warhol: everything is structured by the dynamics of commerce.
Welcome to T/C Latvija, surely the most instagrammed installation of this edition of the Biennale
Smart? Brilliant? Ironic?
Latvia is reopening the archive boxes once again, reminding us (including the Biennial Presidency) of everything that has already been thought up and invented, and inviting us to place the most urgently needed products in the basket, to combine them with one another, and ultimately consume all the knowledge.
Fun, colourful and thought-provoking, it offers a tongue-in-cheek moment to the Arsenale sequence...