The exterior of Israel's pavilion at this year's Venice Art Biennale is covered in 1,000 used car tires. Artist Tsibi Geva had the tires imported from Israel and tied together to create a protective skin, leaving a small space for the entrance. The interior of the project entitled "Archeology of the Present" follows the same logic and is covered in window shutters and other discarded household objects, creating an interesting narrative which explores the materiality of what constitutes a home.
The pavilion is located in the Giardini gardens in Venice, and was originally designed by architect Zeev Rechter. Geva’s installation transformed the small structure into a visual statement that investigates the notion of “home”. The interior features paintings, sculptures and found objects that form obstacles for visitors trying to navigate the space. These obstructions contain gaps and hole through which people can look but cannot pass.
“The layout of the project within the pavilion creates sharp transitions between experiences of blockage, discomfort, and spatial ambiguity and between intimate, poetic moments, so that fragility and crudeness, lyricism and violence, are inextricably intertwined,” said the pavilion’s curator, Hadas Maor.
The pavilion will be open to visitors throughout the duration of the Biennale, until November 22nd.