Latvian Pavilion16th International Architecture ExhibitionLa Biennale di Venezia
26th May to 25th November 2018 Arsenale Artiglierie
The Latvian pavilion, “Together and Apart” looks at apartment buildings in relation to architecture’s role in organizing the society. It examines how this architectural typology generates ways of living together and apart — with one another, the market, and the state.
The exhibition is the result of a study of housing and nation building of the Latvian state. During its 100–year–long history, Latvia has undergone several fundamental political and economic transformations that have employed housing as a means of reform.
Today, despite being one of the most sparsely populated regions of Europe, nearly two thirds of Latvians live in apartment buildings which is the highest ratio in Europe. Whilst the tendency in politics is to withdraw from the housing question, the exhibition aims to highlight it as an architectural, but also a political, economic and an ecological project.
Specifically, the exhibition highlights socioeconomic transformations in relation to apartment buildings: “Distance” portrays proximities between individual spheres that emerge as a consequence of demographic shifts; “Promise” looks at the apartment building as a political project; “Warmth” explores the relation between energy consumption, geopolitics, and collective decision making; “Self” deals with the individual apartment as a subject of private property, and the limitations of it.
The research is presented through conceptual models, archival materials and a photography series depicting the multitude of apartment buildings found in Latvia today. This is accompanied by a book “Together and Apart”, opening up the topic for further study.
Matīss Groskaufmanis is an architect based in Rotterdam. In 2016 Matīss graduated with Cum Laude and Honours from Delft Technical University Faculty of Architecture, with a thesis project exploring live–work housing development schemes. In 2011–2012, Matīss studied the transition of housing provision infrastructure from planned to free market economy at the Strelka Institute in Moscow. Since then he has worked on a range of research, publishing, and architecture projects as part of OMA/AMO in Rotterdam. In 2016 Matiss joined the Dutch architecture practice MVRDV, alongside working on independent research projects.
Gundega Laiviņa is an experienced producer in the fields of culture and art, with a focus on contemporary theatre. Since 2009 Gundega runs the New Theatre Institute of Latvia and is artistic director of the long–running international theatre festival Homo Novus. She has been curator of the Latvian national exposition in Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space in 2011 and 2015. Gundega has served as one of the main curators of Riga – European Capital of Culture 2014, aiming to decentralise culture in Riga geographically and in terms of accessibility and participation.
Evelīna Ozola has completed architecture studies in Riga and holds a master’s degree in urbanism from TU Delft in the Netherlands. She has worked at MADE arhitekti in Riga and SVESMI in Rotterdam, and is co–founder of Fine Young Urbanists. Evelina frequently contributes to magazines and newspapers on issues concerning the built environment. In 2013, she co–founded FOLD, an online magazine for creative industries in Latvia. Evelina has worked as a lecturer at RISEBA Faculty of Architecture and Design in Latvia, Umeå School of Architecture in Sweden, and as Programme Director of Riga Technical University International Summer School.
Anda Skrējāne is currently working as a freelance scenographer across Europe. She holds a Mag.Art. degree from the Stage and Film design department at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. As part of the collective WIENER MALER, Anda assists the artist Ragnar Kjartansson on performances that have taken place at Palais de Tokyo, contemporary art gallery TBA21 and Volksbühne Berlin. Anda’s latest projects involve a music video venue for the renowned band The National and her individual scenography projects, one being “Childhood’s Dream” that won the Latvian Theater Award for Contemporary Dance Achievement of the Year 2017.
Ivars Drulle, Mārtiņš Dušelis, Matīss Groskaufmanis, Reinis Hofmanis, Evelīna Ozola, Dita Pāne, Anda Skrējāne, Charlotte Spichalsky, Daria Melnikova
New Theatre Institute of Latvia, Klinta Harju
Karīna Horsta, Toms Zariņš
Goys & Birls
Goys & Birls and Manus Nijhoff
THE ARCHITECTURE OF TOGETHER AND APART:AN INQUIRY INTO APARTMENT BUILDINGS
Edited by: Matīss Groskaufmanis, Evelīna Ozola, Anda Skrējāne
With contributions by: Błażej Czuba, Sander Ettema, Robert Alexander Gorny, Reinis Hofmanis, Ivars Ījabs, Mārtiņš Mintaurs, Kārlis Ratnieks, Ieva Raudsepa, Kārlis Sils, Peter Sloterdijk, Pēteris Strautiņš, Renata Tyszczuk.17 x 23 cm200 pagesLanguage: EnglishISBN 978-9934-19-512-9 €20, incl. VAT. International shipping rates apply.
Also available at La Biennale bookstores in Venice, and the office of the New Theatre Institute of LatviaMiera Street 39-2Riga, Latviat. +371 firstname.lastname@example.org
Panel discussion “Rental Housing in the 21st Century — a Product or a Right?”Latvian Association of Architects, Riga16.00
Curators' talk about "Apartment buildings in the Latvian landscape"ISSP Gallery, Riga18.30
Press preview of the Latvian Pavilion at Arsenale Artiglierie10.00-18.00
The official opening of the Latvian Pavilion at Arsenale Artiglierie12.30
Open from 26th May to 25th November 2018 in Arsenale Artiglierie
Opening times: Tuesday–Sunday, 10.00–18.00
Together and ApartArsenale Artiglierie, Venice, Italy