Bomb shelter map of Venice* *The Metropolitan city of Venice

Since World War II, bomb shelters have become relics of the past. However, in Ukraine, since 2022, due to constant russian missile attacks across the entire territory, bomb shelters have once again become a crucial refuge for people. Knowing the nearest shelter has turned into a matter of life and death. Every Ukrainian, no matter where they go, automatically takes note of the nearest bomb shelter, prepared to use it in case of an air raid alarm. With the onset of the full-scale invasion, numerous interactive shelter maps have been developed in Ukraine, enabling everyone to find the nearest shelter as quickly as possible. Furthermore, all mass events in Ukraine now inform attendees about the route to the nearest bomb shelter for safety reasons.
Ironically, the nearest bomb shelter at the Venice Biennale is next to the Ukrainian pavilion. Though currently closed, will it remain so forever? The understanding of bomb shelters and their readiness for human habitation has shifted from being rudimentary to critically important for Ukrainians overnight. By creating a map of shelters in Venice, we aim to remind the world of the fragility of peace and that we can enjoy art and live peacefully as long as the international community stands united in supporting Ukraine against the attack of the russian occupying forces.

Bomb shelter map of Venice* *The Metropolitan city of Venice

Since World War II, bomb shelters have become relics of the past. However, in Ukraine, since 2022, due to constant russian missile attacks across the entire territory, bomb shelters have once again become a crucial refuge for people. Knowing the nearest shelter has turned into a matter of life and death. Every Ukrainian, no matter where they go, automatically takes note of the nearest bomb shelter, prepared to use it in case of an air raid alarm. With the onset of the full-scale invasion, numerous interactive shelter maps have been developed in Ukraine, enabling everyone to find the nearest shelter as quickly as possible. Furthermore, all mass events in Ukraine now inform attendees about the route to the nearest bomb shelter for safety reasons.
Ironically, the nearest bomb shelter at the Venice Biennale is next to the Ukrainian pavilion. Though currently closed, will it remain so forever? The understanding of bomb shelters and their readiness for human habitation has shifted from being rudimentary to critically important for Ukrainians overnight. By creating a map of shelters in Venice, we aim to remind the world of the fragility of peace and that we can enjoy art and live peacefully as long as the international community stands united in supporting Ukraine against the attack of the russian occupying forces.