The Baltic Pavilion won three national competitions to represent Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania in a joint exhibition, exploring the urban environment of the Baltic states as a shared space of ideas. The exhibition is located in the Palasport Arsenale, and its architecture is being developed as a non-linear stratigraphy in the Anthropocene era, reflecting the region's transformation beyond national boundaries. The recent geopolitical developments have generated an urgency for new spatial interventions to unite the region and support the foundations of the European Union.
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...