The New Masters of the Land, preliminary outline of the Latvian pavilion at the Venice Biennale

"The New Masters of the Land, or Our Muddy Pastalas* on the Parquet Floor of Cosmopolitan Venice." Preliminary remarks by Alise Tifentale, a co-curator of the Latvia’s exposition North by Northeast at the 55th International Art Exhibition of Venice Biennale, May 31 — November 24, 2013.


Published in Studija 90, no. 3 (2013).


* pastalas are a simple form of traditional Latvian peasant footwear made from a single piece of leather.

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Alise Tifentale (center) with Latvian pavilion co-curators Anne Barlow and Courtenay Finn.

Alise Tifentale (center) with Latvian pavilion artists Krišs Salmanis and Kaspars Podnieks.