German Pavilion at the
Architecture Exhibition 2018
La Biennale di VeneziA
The Berlin Wall existed for 28 years and it has been 28 years since it fell. The Wall and death strip left behind a non-place, an empty space shaped by violence and destruction.
There was no blueprint for how Germany should grow together or for the empty space of the death strip. Civic initiatives, political decisions, economic interests and different ideological opinions competed with or complemented one another. Bold utopias contrasted with the desire to reconstruct what was lost, a culture of remembrance with the wish to forget.
The space of the former border reflects both the successes and difficulties of the path to German reunification. The examples in this exhibition present the 28-year process of healing as a dynamic spatial phenomenon. They illustrate the range of diverse approaches, typologies, participants and results along with the breadth of architectural positions and solutions.
The process of reunification is still ongoing. The exhibition describes this as a dynamic, democratic and successful story but also reveals the often painful traces of division that are still evident today.
Wall of opinions
The Wall of Opinions video installation documents the voices of people who live in the shadow of walls in Cyprus, Northern Ireland, between Israel and Palestine, the USA and Mexico, North and South Korea and at the European external border in Ceuta.
With kind support by Friede Springer