The South African exhibition at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition explores the country's century-long journey of resistance and counter-resistance, framed within the modernizing terms of two irreconcilable nationalisms, which eventually led to the triumph of the dispersed imagination that long opposed it. The exhibition invites the viewer to retrace the investment in modernism that made South Africa a global talking point twice in the last century and to understand its legacy and ownership in the contemporary South African experience.
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...