Republic Of South Africa
The South African exhibition at the 2006 Venice Biennale reflects on how South African cities have transformed since the end of apartheid, focusing on the question of integration, including the aesthetics and material nature of patterns of social change. The exhibition includes specific sites where a new public culture and urban identity are emerging out of an apartheid past, exploring tensions through themes of identity and the means of accessing and overcoming the dislocated nature of the apartheid city. The exhibition aims to promote discussions and contribute to the process of bringing together the previously separate communities of South Africa.
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...