A Autopsy or a Life-Saving Surgery

authors Dinko Peračić, Miranda Veljačić, Slaven Tolj, Emina Višić
project Croatian participation at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale, Venice, Italy
written by Miloš Kosec


The first impression of the Croatian Pavilion at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale is the overwhelming blackness. Dark walls of the room, separated from the linear monotony of the old industrial complex of the Venetian Arsenal, make a strong contrast to the mostly white spaces in front and behind the Pavilion shaped in accordance with the standardised tradition of the modern gallery white cube. The Pavilion, named We Need It – We Do It by its authors Dinko Peračić, Miranda Veljačić, Slaven Tolj and Emina Višnić, seems like an inversion of an autonomous, abstract and distanced gallery scene. Each of the three walls represents one of the three buildings that make the main story: the Youth Centre in Split, pogon Jedinstvo in Zagreb and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka or the H-building. The black walls are section plans of the three buildings – in the volume openings of once empty, vacant or unfinished buildings we see artefacts, movie recordings and other materials of the activities that were housed by the buildings in the decades after the End of the history period of the 1990s, which marked the start of the transformation of utilitarian buildings into locations where alternative events and noninstitutional forms of cultural production took place.