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Venice 2010: Surreal adventures in the Polish Pavilion

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The AJ can reveal the first images inside Poland’s surreal Venice Biennale Pavilion

The installation, dubbed Emergency Exit, has been designed by artist Agnieszka Kurant and architect Aleksandra Wasilkowska features hundreds of bird cages described as going ‘beyond the logic of urban reality’ and ’creating in-between spaces [and] places of uncertainty and doubt, of time-space discontinuity’.

An excerpt from the project description:

A neon Emergency Exit sign hangs on the facade of the Polish Pavilion. Inside, a surreal structure made of hundreds of reclaimed bird cages hides a path to its summit. It is lit from within, suggesting a night landscape, a fantastical de-materialized world containing an object and an action. You climb the seemingly precarious structure. At the height of the summit you look down into a churning sea of clouds. Your breath catches, your pulse quickens; you look down, then out, and then leap blindly into the void.

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