230,000 visited Latvian pavilion at Venice Biennale

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This year Latvia's pavilion at the Venice Biennale from May 11 to November 26 was visited by 230,000 people - the greatest number so far for Latvia, the organizers told the press on December 13. 

Artist Miķelis Fišers represented Latvia with the darkly humorous and zany exhibition, 'What Can Go Wrong', touted by culture media for its hilarity and subject matter.

The Upcoming put it among the top ten pavilions of the 2017 Biennale, saying, "Unafraid to use humour, the installation points to the bizarre things human beings find to fear in the face of genuinely unsettling changes in our environment and government."

The Calvert Journal, Artnet.com, and others were among the art media to praise Fišers' work. 

"What most surprised and pleased me were the visitors' reactions to the offered topic, 'What Can Go Wrong'. I have six notebooks of reviews, complete witty comments, friendly thanks for battling dystopias, as well as wonderful amateur and professional drawings that continue and supplement the topics reviewed at the Latvian pavilion," says Fišers, looking back at the successful exhibition. 

The 57th Venice Biennale took place May 13 to November 26. Latvia's pavilion was curated by Inga Šteimane, with commissary Daiga Rudzāte and production by the culture projects agency INDIE. 

See the exhibition pieces and commentary on Fišers' website HERE.

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