The Instant Past exhibition examines how history has been an inextricable component of modernity in Iran. The show focuses on distinct moments over the last century where the re-creation of the past was triggered, and new architectures were created. The exhibition presents artifacts and images from three periods- the First Pahlavi, Second Pahlavi, and the period following the Islamic Revolution- to explore the process of remaking the past in contemporary architecture and lay the foundation for future debate on the development of architecture in Iran.
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...