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Five proposals selected for the 2nd stage of curator call for the Estonian exposition at the 2018 Venice architecture biennale

Estonian Centre of Architecture is happy to announce that five proposals have been selected by the jury of the curatorial call for the 2nd stage of the competition for the Estonian exposition at 16th Biennale di Venezia Architecture Exhibition. The first stage of the two-stage public international curator competition closed on the 31st of May, 2017, bringing 13 entries. The selected 5 proposals - Byzantine, Weak Monument, Koondumine, Tegija and Post-Digital Practices - will be publicly presented on June 15th in Tallinn and the winner of the competition will be publicly announced on the 19th of June.

According to Raul Järg, Chairman of the Jury the level of work featured in all proposals was equally strong, making the job of selecting a shortlist of five pretty complicated: "All the proposals dealt with the main issues facing architecture - exactly like the curator call intended - exploring and revealing the contemporary experience of architecture for the Estonian society. I’m sure that on June 15th we can expect a substantive and lively architecture debate, as all the shortlisted porposals have the potential to repreent Estonia in Venice."

The competition and the Estonian exhibition at the 16th Biennale di Venezia Architecture Exhibition are organised by the Estonian Centre of Architecture in co-operation with the Union of Estonian Architects and with support from Estonian Ministry of Culture and Estonian Cultural Endowment.

The jury of the competition: Raul Järg (architect, Chairman of the Jury, Chairman of ECA, Commissioner of the Estonian exposition at the International Architecture Exhibition in Venice); Toomas Tammis (architect, member of UEA, Dean of the Faculty of Architecture of the Estonian Academy of Arts); Maria Arusoo (art historian and curator, representative of the Estonian Society of Art Historians and Curators, Director of the Centre for Contemporary Art Estonia); Johan Tali (architect, member of UEA, co-curator of the Estonian exposition in 2016); Veronika Valk (architect, Adviser on Architecture and Design at the Estonian Ministry of Culture); Peeter Pere (architect, member of UEA); Triin Ojari (representative of the Estonian Society of Art Historians and Curators, director of Museum of Estonian Architecture).

Estonia has participated in the architecture biennale since year 2000, in 2016 the country teamed up with neighbouring Latvia and Lithuania for a project called Baltic Pavilion, exploring shared geopolitical histories and its impact on landscape in the age of anthropocene. More info about previous pavilions here.

Estonian Centre of Architecture (ECA) is a non-profit organisation focussing on developing architectural culture in Estonia and promoting contemporary Estonian architecture abroad. In addition to being in charge of the Estonian exhibition in Venice, the Centre also organises Tallinn Architecture Biennial TAB, other architecture events in Tallinn and networking events abroad.

More info:

Triin Männik
Communication for the competition
Phone: +372 56201104