Vlatka Horvat: By the Means at Hand | Croatian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale

29 martie 2024

Vlatka Horvat’s project for the Croatian Pavilion at the forthcoming Venice Biennale (April 20 –November 24, 2024) will engage with the theme of Adriano Pedrosa’s main exhibition, Stranieri Ovunque—Foreigners Everywhere, and will exist as an accumulative exhibition of artworks by a wide-ranging group of international artists living as “foreigners”.

The e-flux announcement just released provides further details: “For the exhibition [curated by Antonia Majaca], Horvat is inviting artists living in diaspora all over the world to engage in a series of reciprocal exchanges of artworks and other materials, all of which are sent between Venice and other places by improvised means, with the help of various friends, acquaintances and even strangers travelling to Venice, who are enlisted as informal couriers for the project.

The title of the project—By the Means at Hand—refers to the improvised transport systems whereby individuals activate informal networks to deliver letters, parcels, documents, money, and other material goods to family members and others who live far away. While such practices are born out of social dispersal, migration, and displacement, the networks they give rise to build effectively on wider principles of solidarity, shared struggle, mutual support, and friendship—factors that the project emphasizes as prerequisites for co-existing with others, and as key elements in the toolkit for those living ‘in foreign lands’.”

The Croatian Pavilion will be situated at Fàbrica 33 in the Cannaregio—Fondamente Nove neighborhood of Venice and will also serve as Horvat’s temporary studio for the duration of the biennale.

Image: Vlatka Horvat, Venice (at Hand) #9, 2024, collage on inkjet photo; courtesy of the artist