Curated by: Vera Mlechevska
Pavilion of the Republic of Bulgaria
58. International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia
"How We Live" is a visual dialogue of two individual works by Rada Boukova and Lazar Lyutakov reflecting on the concept of centuries-old craft traditions, as opposed to large-scale industrial production of standard and accessible products that intrude on contemporary life. The works were developed specifically for the space of Palazzo Giustinian Lolin - a building built by the Venetian architect Baldassare Longhena in the seventeenth century, seat of the Ugo and Olga Levi Foundation - and are based on the semantic and visual opposition to the architectural and historical context of the building and the city of Venice.
Both artists transform the modular seriality, at the base of their works, into a generic world of forms in which both logic and functionality collapse into the abyss of the imagination.
The Pavilion of the Republic of Bulgaria at the 58th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale is supported by the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture and is produced by the National Gallery, Sofia, with the commissioner of Iara Boubnova and the direction of Katia Anguelova.