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skuja braden

Selling Water by the River

59th Venice Biennale, Venice
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Skuja Braden, an international artistic collaboration that was born in 1999 between Ingūna Skuja from Latvia and Melissa D. Braden from California, USA, presents a multilayered installation that maps the mental, physical, and spiritual areas within the artists’ home. The ideals and affiliations of its inhabitants are revealed, and insight is offered into different readings of the history of a region to test the readiness of its society to live up to the challenges of the present day. In the exhibition, home is echoed by images in porcelain, a material that Skuja Braden has mastered superbly. Their porcelain comes to life in everyday objects, fountains, bendy hoses, and male and female physiques and nature.