The Estonian exhibition explores the contradiction between the living place as a home and as an exchange value. A succession of Estonian performers will dwell a month, individually, in a Venetian rental apartment that becomes both an abode and a stage. Everyday life, lived and performed in a duet with the apartment rolls out in front of, and among, visitors to the Biennale. Come over!
All around us are embodied the contradictions between homes and real estates, dreams and realities, tenants and owners, residents and visitors. Housing is not just about living: investment and speculation have become the primary purpose of more and more dwellings, as real estate and rental prices continue to grow. City centres are made up of ‘money columns’ where living itself has become redundant. Avoiding depreciation by limiting use leads to homes that have owners but no occupants. Elsewhere, there are residents who struggle to become owners. The sense of stability of the home as an intimate space of one’s own, a place for family history and material biography, is in contrast to the flexible and temporary nature of real estate, of rapid buy-and-sell markets – ‘home’ as disposable lifestyle product.
CURATORS: Aet Ader, Arvi Anderson, Mari Möldre (b210 Architects)
PARTICIPANTS: Liisa Saaremäel (stager and performer) Keithy Kuuspu (stager and performer) Arolin Raudva (performer) Kirill Havanski (performer) Anumai Raska (performer) Külli Teetamm (performer) Eline Selgis (performer) Paula Veidenbauma (performer) Johhan Rosenberg (performer) Kairi Mändla (scenographer)
DRAMATIST: Jan Kaus
PUBLICATION TEXTS: Kadri Klementi
TECHNICAL SOLUTIONS: Margus Tammik
PHOTOGRAPHER: Kertin Vasser
SOUND DESIGN: Markus Robam
COMMISIONER: Estonian Centre for Architecture
PRODUCERS: Anna Lindpere, Anu Lill
GRAPHIC DESIGN: Stuudio Stuudio
INTERNATIONAL PRESS: MINT LIST, firstname.lastname@example.org
ESTONIAN PRESS: Stina Pley, email@example.com
THANKS: Eik Hermann, Viljar Arakas, Karin Tõugu, Mari Hunt, Katrin Koov, Kristian Taaksalu, Nele Šverns