The Israeli pavilion at the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale, titled Aircraft Carrier, deals with the dramatic changes in Israeli architecture since 1973, and the American influences that made them possible. Curators Erez Ella, Milana Gitzin-Adiram and Dan Handel defined four major architectural phenomena that demonstrate these changes – Signals, Emporiums, Allies and Flotillas – and invited five leading Israeli and international artists and architecture photographers to reflect on them. Participants include Portuguese photographer Fernando Guerra (Check out an interview with Guerra here!), along with Assaf Evron, Florian Holzherr, Nira Pereg and Jan Tichy. Continue after the break for more.
The curators also collaborated with product designer Tal Erez to create a sophisticated take on commercial merchandise stores, making thirty something products – each one representing a key event in the Israeli-American relations.
By mixing archival materials with commissioned art work and custom made products the exhibition aims at demonstrating how the dramatic shift of Israel from socialist welfare state into a capitalist booming market is expressed and enabled by Israeli architecture.