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The jury unanimously decided to commission Francelle Cane and Marija Maric’s Down to Earth concept to design the Luxembourg Pavilion for the 18th Venice Architecture Biennale. The judges gave the project a universal slant while praising the extensive research of the Luxembourg territory in the broad sense and of its residents. Two curators, Francelle Cane and Marija Maric, make up the winning team. They are assisted by an advisory council and a group of contributors from the scenography, content creation, and media industries. They also want to rely on a network of partners in Luxembourg and abroad.
The project that is chosen as the winner tackles some of the most pressing challenges of our time, including the issue of land ownership, resource management, and a return to the body and the sensitive. By exposing the issue of the resources of the earth’s soil at various sizes, it seeks to bring to light a topic that is mostly hidden. Above all, it puts into perspective the new world we are creating, expanding beyond the Earth and the boundaries of human-occupied space.
Both curators are researchers and architects affiliated with the University of Luxembourg. For the exhibit Enter the Modern Landscape, for which she was awarded the International WERNAERS Fund for Research and the Diffusion of Knowledge (FNRS), Brussels (BE) medal, Francelle Cane served as the curator and scenographer. She is now working on the After the Ruin topic for her PhD dissertation. On Negotiating Land and Territories. At the University of Luxembourg’s Master in Architecture Program, Marija Maric is a postdoctoral research associate. Her doctoral dissertation, which examined the function of communication strategists in the mediation, design, and globalization of urban space, was awarded to her in 2020 by the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture at the ETH Zurich.
The exhibition will be produced by Kultur|lx—Arts Council Luxembourg in collaboration with LUCA—Luxembourg Center for Architecture under the direction of the Luxembourg Ministry of Culture, Commissioner of the Luxembourg Pavilion.