via Archinect

Cool Capital, the South Africa Pavilion at the Arsenale, brings Pretoria to the limelight by challenging the historical interaction between citizens and public space. “Pretoria has a huge political baggage and negative connotation”curator Pieter Mathews explains, adding that “guerrilla interventions want to look at the city with new eyes; take whatever is good from the past and use it.” The Pavilion features selected works from the Cool Capital platform—the first un-curated, DIY, guerrilla biennale—in a marvelously ad-hoc manner. The Pavilion repurposed partitions from the 2015 Art Biennale, slotted in with an installation of gifted work and temporary materials. Mathews explains that “creativity is not about money[, but] about looking at what you’ve got and reimagining it.”