Venice Biennale team to concentrate on apartment blocks

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This year Latvia will be represented at the well-known Venice Architecture Biennale by a team exploring the theme "Together and Apart", organizers of Latvia's pavillion announced March 27.

The exhibition will focus on the architecture of multi-apartment buildings and the role they play in organizing society and its interactions.

The Venice Architecture Biennial is the world's largest and most prestigious architectural exhibition held, as the name suggests, every two years.

This year's Latvian exposition will be located in the Venice Arsenal, Artillery Hall, and its official opening will take place on May 25. The Latvian pavilion "Together and Apart" consists of a team of curators consisting of architect and urbanist Evelīna Ozola, architect Matīss Groskaufmanis, stage designer Anda Skrējāne and the head of the New Theater Institute of Latvia Gundega Laiviņa.

"Two thirds of Latvia's residents live in apartments, which is the highest proportion among European Union countries. Consequently, most people in apartment buildings in Latvia are in close contact with architecture. At the same time, both experiments in the architecture of residential buildings and the wider discussions about the environment in which the modern Latvian society lives have largely disappeared from architectural discourse," said Matīss Groskaufmanis, a spokesman for the team.

"Our goal is to raise the issue of how to live together in an ever more complex society today and how the architecture of multi-apartment buildings can serve this purpose. The exposition analyzes the apartment building not only as an architectural but also a political, economic and ecological project," said Evelīna Ozola.

The Latvian pavilion will be complemented by a book in English "Together and Apart", which will cover a wide range of exhibition materials as well as several essays.

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