About the exhibition

NSK State Pavilion’s exhibition has been conceived in two different parts. The first part, ‘An Apology’, prepared with Tomaž Mastnak, is a different kind of apology as it seeks not only to confess the past, but also to have an impact on the future. The second space, entitled ‘New Symbolic Disorder’, will present the responses of 100 different individuals that were involved by NSK Delegates to react to a questionnaire regarding general and personal issues about people’s individual perspectives on Europe; from this archive of answers, an image will emerge that is at once universal and extremely personal. Thus, the installation opens up to a variety of connections and histories, as an open archive of experiences, ideas and hopes.  Zdenka Badovinac and Charles Esche


Although it is true that in terms of population size NSK State in Time cannot compare to most other states, one can claim that in terms of the structure of its citizens it is already an international superpower in the field of contemporary art. Its citizens include a number of exceptional, world renowned artists, art theorists and curators, who even the world’s most developed countries in this field would envy us for.

We extend our thanks to all the participants for their contributions to the project presented in the NSK Pavilion and at the same time are grateful to all of them for making possible the so far most complex appearance of the NSK State in Time in space. Irwin

Designing the NSK Pavilion in Venice

Designing the NSK State Pavilion in Venice has been a productively challenging task that took into consideration the urgencies of the present political climate. The notion of the State, the definition of citizenship and the Kafkaesque elements of bureaucracy will be questioned through the conceptual and physical experience of gravity. The space will be experienced in different parts: ‘An Apology’, a room including over 100 responses from contributors, and a NSK Passport Office. The NSK State Pavilion in Venice will be designed to transform the gesture of ‘The Temporary Hegemonic Zone’, into a non-hierarchical zone that is equally governable by its whole community: from marginalized, undocumented, stateless communities to migrants and citizens. Ahmet Öğüt

Workshops and Meetings

Over the course of one year, a series of rigorous in-depth workshops and symposiums took place with local cooperatives in the Veneto region and Ljubljana, including academics, social workers, NGOs, universities and those seeking humanitarian protection. This collateral activity intended was designed to build an open and constructive dialogue concerning the issues of humanitarian protection raised by the NSK State Pavilion. The result of these symposiums will be published as Beyond Borders, a comprehensive proposal for a reception policy, a transnational reception model for asylum seekers that will be freely available in the newspapers and online. Seekers of humanitarian protection will also be directly involved in the running of the NSK State Pavilion.  Mara Ambrožič