Costa Rica’s Smoking Gun
Just as the national pavilion model seemed to be on its last legs, the Costa Rican Pavilion made its appearance in Venice. It was 2011 when the Costa Rican Embassy in Rome adopted a private initiative and turned it into a national pavilion. That same year, nationalist discourses had intensified as a result of a diplomatic conflict between Costa Rica and Nicaragua that revolved around sovereignty, the environment, and drug trafficking. This conflict was politically instrumentalized on both sides of the San Juan River, which forms a natural border between the two states. None of this was mentioned at the time; but it returns, just like the latent border conflict.
“I want to kill you, but you stole my gun.” These words, heard in a dream, sparked the works by Priscilla Monge at the 55th Venice Biennale. What if we were to read them as being aimed at the event itself? What weapons does its promised approval take away from us?Tamara Díaz Bringas