A Clash of Civilisations: the Russian vs. the Nordic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale

By James M. Dorsey

Russia and the Nordic countries’ pavilions at this year’s Venice Biennale, the world’s most prestigious art exhibition, project two different concepts of civilisation, nationalism, and sovereignty that have come to blows in Ukraine.

Newly renovated, brooding, and inward-looking, Russia’s art nouveau pavilion stands empty and abandoned after its Lithuanian curator and artists resigned in protest against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. A lone armed…




The geopolitics of the Islamic world and Eurasia

Recommended from Medium

US military strikes in Iraq stir regional hornet’s nest

One Country, Two Perspectives

Tax surprises for returning Kiwis?


The Crisis in the Sahel

An Interview With CMC Chairman: It Takes Time To Build China’s Hollywood and Premier League |…

What is Save Daughter Educate Daughter ?

The Brexit Therapy Edition

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
James M. Dorsey

James M. Dorsey

James is an award-winning journalist covering ethnic and religious conflict. He blogs using soccer as a lens on the Middle East and North Africa's fault lines

More from Medium

Israel’s Ukraine conundrum may have implications for Gulf states

How the West’s Moral Indignation in Ukraine Reveals Its Racism

Putin’s Patience In Ukraine Will Test West