Spazio Esedra at the Giardini

In the Giardini, an earthworks installation under the open sky focuses similarly on the perceptual transformations that have occurred in Ukraine regarding formerly overlooked elements of the built and natural environments.

The intervention draws on the form of the Serpent's Wall, a network of 10th century fortifications in Kyiv region that the centuries have weathered into simple mounds and hills snaking through rewilded local landscapes. Once largely forgotten by contemporary residents of Kyiv, the buried functions of these mounds were reactivated during the first days of the full-scale russian invasion, slowing the invading army’s advance towards the capital.