oræ – Experiences on the Border
Watch below the video tour/making of the exhibition and the press conference held on 20 May 2021.
For the 17th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia (22 May - 21 November 2021) the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia chose to entrust the exhibition in the Swiss Pavilion to a Geneva-based team of architects and artists: Mounir Ayoub and Vanessa Lacaille from
Laboratoire d’architecture in Geneva, as well as filmmaker Fabrice Aragno and artist sculptor Pierre Szczepski. With its project Oræ – Experiences on the Border (oræ, Latin for «borders»), the team investigates the subject of borders taking into account both the political and spatial dimension of the territory and its sensitive and social perception.
Thursday 23rd September, 21:00 (location tbd)
Cheers – a gathering to celebrate this year’s Swiss participation at the Architecture Biennale.
Friday 24th September, 10:00 @ Campo San Agnese, Palazzo Trevisan
Salon Suisse Performance – “Pasticcio Corporis” - Opening performance of the Salon Suisse, our official collateral programme. With welcome coffee.
Thursday 23rd – Saturday 25th September, daily at 14:00 (in English) and 15:00 (in French) @ Swiss Pavilion, Giardini della Biennale
Meet the Pavilion Team – welcome and introduction to the exhibition in the presence of the team of architects and artists.
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The exhibition in the Swiss Pavilion at the Biennale Architettura 2021 in Venice «oræ – Experiences on the Border» ties the physical reality of the Swiss border to its political and social issues, thus drawing up a new perception for these inhabited territories. The outbreak of the pandemic in the middle of the work process gave the project additional relevance.
oræ, plural of the Latin noun ora, translates as “borders” in English. It also refers to a “land”: an inhabited territory. Figuratively speaking, it signifies “the beginning of something.”
The appointed project team is formed of Mounir Ayoub and Vanessa Lacaille from Laboratoire d’architecture in Geneva, as well as filmmaker Fabrice Aragno and artist sculptor Pierre Szczepski.