Pavilion of Peru La Biennale di Venezia 2015

Entrance structure
The first station of "Misplaced Ruins" is a large staircase-like  sculpture at the entrance of the Pavilion. 

The structure blocks the view of the pavilion, hence demands engagement (in this case climbing it) to access the complete installation.

The pyramidal structure formally hints at pre-Columbian architecture. The act of climbing stands for the "translational effort" required to obtain a perspective of a given presentation (or culture).

General view of the installation
The vantage point from atop of the entrance structure offers an overview of the installation.

The installation is comprised of several stations: Scores (on the floor), Calendar (to the left), Sky without Heaven (in the back) and vitrines (center and right), plus sound piece and publication.

This vitrine contains a sheet of recycled cardboard, half submerged in water. 

The vitrine displays an on-going physical process of transformation, where the cardboard will progressively break down into a sort of pulp.

This structure alludes to the passage time, and our standard ways of measuring it.

Standing some 3 meters tall, the Calendar recalls a billboard but in a severely abstract form.

The colors chosen for the Calendar correspond to the daily sky conditions, as recorded by the artists during a one year period, and to political events (e.g. the "black month" alludes to a massacre).

There are 22 scores. These parallelepiped structures are made out of non-industrial recycled cardboard and metal.

The layout and the texture of the scores brings to mind pre-Columbian ruins, but its materials refer to contemporary precarious construction techniques.

Sky without Heaven
This curtain-like piece evokes Lima’s sky (usually overcast throughout the year).

The curtain falls from the top of the pavilion, extending several feet into the ground (tracing a curve), as if the "sky" had been brought down to earth.

The work is built from sheets of recycled cardboard screwed together. It can also be seen also as a sort of textile, echoing Peru’s millenary textile traditions.

This vitrine contains pieces of recycled cardboard, packed and stacked in wads.

These wads of cardboard (the size of Peru's currency bills) appear as "building blocks," evoking economic dynamics of accumulation, speculation, investment (housing bubbles), and money laundering.

Placed in the center of the installation, this horizontal vitrine contains shredded cardboard

The shredded cardboard points towards the cycles of decay and destruction, which the installation itself, made mostly of cardboard will have to endure.

General view
View of the installation from the ground, looking at the entrance structure.

Inauguration of the Pavilion of Peru.

Credits: Story

Pavilion of Peru at the 56th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.

Commissioner: Armando Andrade de Lucio
Curator: Max Hernández - Calvo
Artists: Gilda Mantilla and Raimond Chaves.
Production: Fundación Wiese and El Comercio
Supporters: Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism / PromPeru
Acknowledgments: Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Exhibit installation and coordination: EILETZ | ORTIGAS Architects

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