The Home Stage exhibition explores the contradiction between the habitable space understood as a home and as an exchange value. Several Estonian performers will take turns living in the apartment for a month. In a space that becomes both home and stage

The Estonian pavilion comes to life in a durational performance, in which household chores and dialogues take place in front of the audience. The actress Paula Veidenbauma participates in the project, curious to explore the interaction between 'invisible' themes such as cure, aggressiveness and loneliness, and the wide visibility of the real estate sector which, especially in Venice, is driven by hyper-tourism and gentrification".

With its performers, the Estonian Pavilion focuses on almost grotesque domestic situations, where dreams collide with reality, landlords with tenants, sellers with buyers, intimacy with alienation.

Home Stage reflects on some dichotomies:

Houses - properties, dreams - reality, tenants - owners, residents - guests: given that investment and speculation have become the main objective of more and more properties, the house is no longer just a place to to live.

Urban centers are made up of houses in which living itself has become superfluous. Many homes have owners but no occupants, while elsewhere residents struggle to become owners.

The stability of the house as an intimate space, a place of family history, contrasts with the flexible and temporary nature of the buildings. The house becomes a disposable product.

The location

The Pavilion will be set up in a Venetian apartment located near the rear exit of the Arsenale complex (Salizada Streta 96).

The exhibition explores the contradiction between habitable space understood as a home and as an exchange value.

Several Estonian performers will take turns living in the apartment for a month in a space that will be both home and stage. Each performance, lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes, will take place throughout the day in the different rooms of the apartment. Some situations will involve visitors, others will push them to enjoy rest and home environments.

The Curatorial Team

The b210 architecture studio, composed of Aet Ader, < strong>Arvi Anderson, Mari Möldre, is characterized by his think tank approach to daily space challenges.
“We believe that positive change in the built environment is driven by an intelligent design process where architectural ideas are as important as the methods for developing them. We like to design ways of thinking as much as physical spaces”.

Estonia Pavilion, Biennale 2023, in brief

• Title: Home Stage 
• Curators: Aet Ader, Arvi Anderson, Mari Möldre (b210 Architects)
• commissioner: Raul Järg (Estonian Center for Architecture)
• Production: Anna Lindpere, AnuLill (Estonian Center for Architecture)
• Partners: Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Estonian Ministry of Culture
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