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North Macedonia Pavilion at 58th Venice Biennale of Art

The North Macedonia Pavilion of the Venice Biennale: the artists of the pavilion, the works, the times, the periods, the cost of the tickets and the exhibition venue.

North Macedonia Pavilion Biennale of Art
North Macedonia Pavilion at Venice Biennale of Art - Palazzo Rota Ivancich, Castello 4421 - Venice

Exhibition in progress from 11 May to 24 November 2019

The 58th Biennale of Art will open to the public on 11 May 2019. But starting from a few days before the opening there will be the various openings and side events that always suddenly animate the Venetian artistic life. The title of the 58 edition of the Biennale d'Arte is May You Live In Interesting Times.

79 artists are invited to exhibit at the 58th Venice Biennale of Art, with a prevalence of women. Among them the 2 Italians Ludovica Carbotta and Lara Favaretto. The first will make a site-specific work in Forte Marghera, inside the building known as the Austrian Powder Mill.

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North Macedonia Pavilion at 58th Biennale Arte of Venice

Title of the Venice Biennale's North Macedonia Pavilion is Subversion to Red.

Artist: Nada Prlja.
Curator: Jovanka Popova.
Commissioner: Mira Gakina.
Seat: Palazzo Rota Ivancich, Castello 4421 - Venice
Web: North Macedonia Venice Pavilion

Press Release of North Macedonia Pavilion of 58th Venice Biennale of Art

The Pavilion of the Republic of North Macedonia at the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia presents Subversion to Red, a solo exhibition by the artist Nada Prlja.

Commissioned by Mira Gakina, the director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Skopje, the project is curated by Jovanka Popova, in collaboration with Tev˛ Logar and Artan Sadiku. The Pavilion is realised with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of North Macedonia and the additional support of other organisations, companies and individuals.

In response to May You Live In Interesting Times, selected by the curator Ralph Rugoff as the theme of the Biennale Arte 2019, Nada Prlja’s project Subversion to Red provocatively stimulates the search for alternative forms of art and socio-political formations, by revisiting specific concepts and societal models from the past.

The interdisciplinary exhibition, in which installation and performative practices co-exist, exemplifies the Macedonian artist’s highly particular theoretical and visual approach in the world of art today.

Related to Rugoff’s concerns about current conditions, Nada Prlja’s project encourages a return to the ‘forgotten’ notions of idealism and ideology, as a form of motivation in contemporary society. It proposes a re-reading and de/re-construction of the postulates of Marxist theory and Leftist thought, in order to seek their compatibility with today’s society, by introducing subversive qualities and the playfulness of the artist’s practice, as a way of indirectly influencing reality.

In dialogue with the historically and culturally significant architecture of Palazzo Rota Ivancich, which reflects an era in decline, the exhibition evokes manifold new meanings. The project employs a variety of artistic and non-artistic methodologies, including an experimental live art event Red Discussion 2, featuring several contemporary thinkers and curators engaged in transformative practices, including Charles Esche, Maurizio Lazzarato, Vlad Morariu, Chantal Mouffe, Laura Raicovich and Artan Sadiku. They will jointly seek to find exit strategies from the current conditions of social precariousness, exploitation and violations, by defining alternative conditions to the “interesting times” in which we live.

The exhibition also includes the installation Subtle Subversion, that redefines a series of historically significant artworks from the 1960’s that sought to escape from the strict framework of socialist realism through their modernist approach.

The selected works are from the collection of MoCA Skopje, a collection of art and a museum both founded on the notion of solidarity, one of the key postulates of leftist thought and a key aspiration of this project.

The exhibition Subversion to Red does not support radical revolution and instead proposes that change can come through artistic actions and the subversion of theories, an approach that fosters the idea that everything is connected and amalgamated.
The project is accompanied by an Artbook designed by the artist, entitled Subversion to Red, with essays by key theorists and curators, including a transcript from Red Discussion 1, featuring Dave Beech, Hannah Black, Gail Day, Mark Fisher, Vlad Morariu and Nina Power (performed at Calvert 22 Foundation, London).


Nada Prlja works primarily in the media of installation, live art and art in public space and she deals with the complex situations of inequality and injustice in societies, ranging from political to economic issues. Combining different media, her works are multi-layered, site or condition-specific, as exemplified by the projects Advanced Science of Morphology, Marble Arch, London, 2006, Foreign Language for Beginners, 8th Manifesta, Murcia, 2010, Peace Wall, 7th Berlin Biennale, 2012.

Her works have been exhibited at prestigious museums, galleries and exhibitions, including Kunsthalle Krems, MoCA Skopje, White Cube, London, 5th Moscow Biennale (Film Program), Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork, Hong-Gah National Museum, Taipei, 28th International Printmaking Biennale, Ljubljana. Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Skopje and holds an MPhil degree from the Royal College of Arts in London. She currently lives and works between London and Skopje.


Mira Gakina is the director of MoCA Skopje, a curator and an art historian. She holds a PhD in Art Management. Curator: Jovanka Popova is a curator at MoCA Skopje and at press to exit project space. Curatorial collaborator: Tev˛ Logar is an independent curator, he curated the Slovenian Pavilion at the Biennale Arte 2013 and he was Head of Field Research for NSK State Pavilion in 2017.

Red Discussion 2 participants

Charles Esche is the director of the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, a curator and a researcher. Maurizio Lazzarato is a sociologist, philosopher, independent researcher and one of the editors of Multitudes. Chantal Mouffe is a political theorist. She holds a professorship at the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Westminster. Vlad Morariu (moderator) is a curator, researcher and a lecturer at Middlesex University. Laura Raicovich is a writer and art worker, former president and executive director of the Queens Museum, New York. Artan Sadiku is a researcher and theorist with a PhD in philosophy. He is theorist collaborator of Red Discussion 2. The performance takes place on May 8th at 7.00 pm following the official opening of the Pavilion at Palazzo Rota Ivancich.

Hours: Gardens from 10.00 to 18.00. Arsenale from 10.00 to 18.00 (from 10.00 to 20.00 on Friday and Saturday until September 30th). Closed on Mondays (except May 13, September 2, November 18).
Tickets: please visit the official website. On the web € 21.50 until 31 March 2019.
Phone: +39.041.5218711; fax +39.041.5218704
Web: Biennale of Venice

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