Marianne Birthler, a German politician from The Greens party who was tasked with investigating Stasi crimes in former East Germany from 2000-2011, has teamed up with Berlin architecture firm Graft to curate the German pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Bienniale.
It was announced Wednesday that the team would propose a concept that addresses Germany's divided history. "Unbuilding walls," as their application was called, won over the jury charged with selecting the next curator.
"Beginning with a look back at Germany's history with the Wall and the time afterward, the concept uses examples from architecture and urban spaces to grapple with separation and coming together," said German Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Barbara Hendricks.
"With it, the German entry is a response to the forthcoming Biennale's motto of 'Freespace.'"