Arhitektide Liit

© 2008—2021

Weak Monument (Nõrk monument)

XVI Venice Architecture Biennale
Santa Maria Ausiliatrice, Venice, Italy
Together with Tadeas Riha

The Estonian Pavilion for the XVI Venice Architecture Biennale presented Weak Monument - a project which explores the spectrum between the explicit representation of the monument and the implicit politics of everyday architectures: from the triumphal column to the pavement beneath it, through all that is inbetween. The title of the pavilion is an oxymoron, a rhetorical device that offers fresh perspectives on how to recognise politics in any built form.

The project included a detailed in-situ installation inside a former baroque church of Santa Maria Ausiliatrice. In conjunction with the pavilion the book “Weak Monument - Architectures Beyond the Plinth” was published by Park Books (Zürich, 2018) holding essays by Tom Avermaete, Margrethe Troensegaard and others.

In 2019 a follow-up exhibition was presented at the Gallery of Estonian Academy of Arts including photographs by Hampus Berndtson.

Commissioner: Raul Järg
Producer: Estonian Centre of Architecture
Photos by Hampus Berndtson