Macedonia to take part in Venice Biennale of Architecture


Macedonia will present the multi-author architecture project Freeingspace at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition organized by La Biennale di Venezia 2018, which begins on May 26 and runs through November.

The authors of the Freeingspace project are: Dejan Ivanovski, Filip Jovanovski, Blagoja Bajkovski, Marina Tornatora, Lucia La Giusa, Alessandro De Luca, Vlado Danailov, Mila Dimitrovska, Gordan Vitevski, Aleksandra Šulevska, Slobodan Velevski, and Marija Mano Velevska.

The curators of Macedonia's presentation in Venice Marija Mano Velevska and Slobodan Velevski introduced the project and the idea behind it, which is to do a contemporary reading of urban space, i.e., to highlight the value of public space.

The project focuses on four locations that are part of Skopje's architectural and collective memory, according to Velevski, and which were thoroughly changed by Skopje 2014. These locations are the Vardar riverbank and the plateau in front of the Macedonian Opera and Ballet; the Government building; the Main Post Office with its telecommunication center and the MEPSO object, as well as the NAMA department store at Macedonia Square.

Macedonia's participation in the Venice Biennale of Architecture is supported by the Ministry of Culture, the City of Skopje, and Centar Municipality.

The Museum of Contemporary Art announced that the Macedonian audience will have a chance to see the project in early 2019. 

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