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Oræ – Experiences on the Border



Commissioner: Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia (Madeleine Schuppli, Sandi Paucic, Rachele Giudici Legittimo)
Curators/Exhibitors: Fabrice Aragno, Mounir Ayoub, Vanessa Lacaille, Pierre Szczepski

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Image 1 – How will we live together?
Oræ is a project of a territory, whose site is its borders and whose authors are its inhabitants. Oræ, plural of the Latin noun ora, translates as “borders” in English. Figuratively speaking, it signifies “the beginning of something”.

Photo: Mobile forum in Pratteln, 2021. © Swiss Pavilion’s team

 

Image 2 – Sneak peek of the project
We asked those living on the borders to describe, imagine and build a project based upon their experiences of the territory in which they live. Over two years, hundreds of them devoted themselves to this. A “collective intelligence” took shape. That which is on the margin becomes the beginning of something: an inhabited territory.

Photo: Making Models in the Geneva’s studio, 2020. © Swiss Pavilion’s team


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