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The Swiss Pavilion at the 2020 Architecture Biennale in Venice will be exhibited by a team consisting of the architects and artists Mounir Ayoub, Vanessa Lacaille, Fabrice Aragno und Pierre Szczepski. Their project focuses on the spatial perception of the Swiss border.

What does the Swiss border look like? How broad is it? The project for the Swiss Pavilion at the 2020 Architecture Biennale in Venice explores the physical reality and the sensory perception of Switzerland’s border and gives visual expression to its material and immaterial aspects in connection with an exhibition that will be shown both in Venice and in Switzerland.

The first stage of the project involves visiting people who live at the Swiss border. The journey began in September and continues until December 2019. At each destination, a lorry equipped with a workshop for model-building is stationed in a public space, and the local population is invited to contribute their stories and to create three-dimensional models of places on the border. The results of this research work will be merged into an exhibition that is to be presented at the Swiss Pavilion in Venice and subsequently in various Swiss border communities.

The website swiwssbordertour.ch is available during the researach phase and during the mobile exhibitions. It entails information about the various places visited during the research trip.

Foto © Team Architecture Biennale Venice 2020