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May 20 - November 26, 2023


Home Stage. A rental apartment in Venice

Estonia National Pavilion at the 18. Architecture Biennale

Curators, architects: Aet Ader, Arvi Anderson, Mari Möldre (b210 Architects)

Directors: Liisa Saaremäel, Keithy Kuuspu

Commissioner: Raul Järg, Estonian Centre for Architecture (ECA)

May 20 – May 31: Tue–Sun 11:00–19:00 (break 14:30–15:30)

June 1 – November 26: Wed–Sun 11:00–19:00 (break 14:30–15:30)

Website: Home Stage

Address: Salizada Streta 96 (next to Ponte dei Pensieri), Castello

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The Estonian exhibition explores the contradiction between the living place as a home and as an exchange value. A succession of Estonian performers will dwell a month, individually, in a Venetian rental apartment that becomes both an abode and a stage. Everyday life, lived and performed in a duet with the apartment rolls out in front of, and among, visitors to the Biennale. Come over!


All around us are embodied the contradictions between homes and real estates, dreams and realities, tenants and owners, residents and visitors. Housing is not just about living: investment and speculation have become the primary purpose of more and more dwellings, as real estate and rental prices continue to grow. City centres are made up of ‘money columns’ where living itself has become redundant. Avoiding depreciation by limiting use leads to homes that have owners but no occupants. Elsewhere, there are residents who struggle to become owners. The sense of stability of the home as an intimate space of one’s own, a place for family history and material biography, is in contrast to the flexible and temporary nature of real estate, of rapid buy-and-sell markets – ‘home’ as disposable lifestyle product.


Home on display is a common sight. Ever looked for somewhere to live? Ever been given a tour of someone’s new place? Prospective homes are staged for us – to invite a feeling of comfort, to please us aesthetically, or even to intimidate. Or are we buying dreams? In someone’s home – a space of intimate relationships – a wider set of market relations is revealed.

Who are you? Are you a home-seeker on a house tour? A guest at a private housewarming party? An architectural explorer? A curious neighbour? An amateur investor?

Kertin Vasser

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