NORTH BY NORTHEAST / 55th VENICE BIENNALE
Location: Venice, Italy
Area: 131 sqm
Client: kim? Contemporary Art Centre
Project Status: Built
North by Northeast – the Pavilion of Latvia at the 55th Venice Biennale – presents works by two Latvian contemporary artists Kaspars Podnieks and Krišs Salmanis. Both artists address the tension between location and dislocation triggered by the ideological implications of constantly shifting political geography. References to the traditional Latvian rural lifestyle with its intimate relationship to nature, utmost respect to labor, and patriarchal worldview permeate the exhibition. North by Northeast approaches the self-fashioning of an individual, a community, or even a small nation that is grappling with politicized geography, local artistic heritage, and its work ethic.
Mailitis Architects developed technical design and supervised the construction of the exposition. The mechanical structure was invented to realize kinetic tree installation attaching it to the historical ceiling of Arsenal exhibition hall not harming the space.
Adapting to the new space, the installation was shown at Cesis Art Festival in 2014.
Drawing: Krišs Salmanis
Photos: Ansis Starks, Valts Kleins