Pavilion of Switzerland

17th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia


Oræ – Experiences on the Border, a project by Fabrice Aragno, Mounir Ayoub, Vanessa Lacaille and Pierre Szczepski at the Swiss Pavilion, Basel
From May 22, 2021 until November 21, 2021
The exhibition in the Swiss Pavilion at the Biennale Architettura 2021 in Venice 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.
The project for the Pavilion of Switzerland continues on the theme of borders, with the appointed project team formed of Mounir Ayoub and Vanessa Lacaille from Laboratoire d’architecture in Geneva, as well as Fabrice Aragno and Pierre Szczepski.
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. "Studying the Swiss border in these times means envisaging it not only as a line on a map, but also as a space to be experienced; not only as a limit, but as a beginning", the authors of the project say.
Oræ – Experiences on the Border, a project by Fabrice Aragno, Mounir Ayoub, Vanessa Lacaille and Pierre Szczepski at the Swiss Pavilion, Basel
Oræ – Experiences on the Border, a project by Fabrice Aragno, Mounir Ayoub, Vanessa Lacaille and Pierre Szczepski at the Swiss Pavilion
Oræ – Experiences on the Border, a project by Fabrice Aragno, Mounir Ayoub, Vanessa Lacaille and Pierre Szczepski at the Swiss Pavilion
Oræ – Experiences on the Border, a project by Fabrice Aragno, Mounir Ayoub, Vanessa Lacaille and Pierre Szczepski at the Swiss Pavilion
Oræ – Experiences on the Border, a project by Fabrice Aragno, Mounir Ayoub, Vanessa Lacaille and Pierre Szczepski at the Swiss Pavilion
Salon Suisse | Bodily Encounters
Salon Suisse | Bodily Encounters
Salon Suisse | Bodily Encounters
Salon Suisse | Bodily Encounters
Salon Suisse | Bodily Encounters