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Weak Monument

Architectures Beyond the Plinth

Edited by Tadea Riha
Edited by Laura Linsi
Edited by Roland Reemaa

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  • An exploration of the nature of monuments versus seemingly insignificant architectural objects and public space
  • Accompanies the Estonian pavilion at the 2018 International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale
  • Text in English and Estonian
Full Description

Monuments represent power: explicitly and simply, but not universally. In Estonia, the classical notion of a monument is a strange one. Its presence is marginal, its tradition non-existent and its form tormented by an apparent cultural displacement. The statue on a square never claimed the central position so common in Western Europe. This semantic void directs attention to other, less exceptional pieces of architecture. Sometimes a stairway marks a politically charged location, or a pavement becomes symbolic. Instead of explicit meanings inscribed in marble and bronze, an implicit charge is revealed that might be weaker yet more relevant, for what is only implicit cannot be openly questioned. Weak Monument explores the blurred line between a monument's explicitly political form and the architecture of everyday. It juxtaposes classical monuments with seemingly insignificant architectural objects and public space in a collection of images and drawings, archival as well as newly commissioned ones, alongside essays and brief texts. Contributors include such eminent guests as Tom Avermaete, Professor of Architecture at the Delft University of Technology; Margrethe Troensegaard from Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford; Eik Hermann, Estonian theorist and philosopher; and Toomas Paaver, Estonian architect and political activist.


Published to accompany the Pavilion of Estonia, 16th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, 26 May - 25 November 2018.


Text in English and Estonian

About the Author

Laura Linsi is an architect working with East Architecture, Landscape, Urban Design Ltd. In London and a co-curator of for the Estonian National Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale 2018. Roland Reemaa is an architect working with Sanchez Benton Architects in London and a co-curator of for the Estonian National Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale. Tadeá Ríha is an architect working with 6a architects in London on cultural projects in Europe and the UK. He is co-curator at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale 2018.

Specifications
Publisher
Park Books
ISBN
9783038601159
Published
18th Jun 2018
Binding
Paperback / softback
Territory
World excluding Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Puerto Rico, United States, Canada, and Japan
Size
300 mm x 210 mm
Pages
128 Pages
Illustrations
60 color, 15 b&w
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