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Relocating a Structure essay film / 2024




Perhaps that is precisely the task of the arts in a time when many societies are once again becoming prone to totalitarianism. They can help facilitate criticism by exposing totalitarian structures.

—Ahn-Lihn Ngo (architectural theorist)


In her project Relocating a Structure. German Pavilion 2022, 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, Maria Eichhorn examines the eventful history of the German Pavilion since the beginnings of the Biennale and the powerful resistance art demonstrates when it focuses on social conditions.

The German Pavilion represents a challenge for artists on several completely different levels. With every attempt at deconstruction, one is confronted with it yet again. I regard the German Pavilion not as isolated, but as part of an ensemble and engaged in interplay with other pavilions and other country participations in terms of national-territorial and geopolitical, global-economic, and ecological developments.”
—Maria Eichhorn (artist)

"Relocating a Structure" is one of the eight films documenting Maria Eichhorn's project for the German Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2022. The film explores the relocation of the German Pavilion building, delving deeper into the philosophical ideas behind the project, drawing parallels with historical house removal practices and Italian resistance movements during WW II. It also touches upon issues of overpopulation and pollution caused by tourism in Venice. The film explores the question arises: where does the original structure of the Nazi regime end, and what impact will the removal of the pavilion have on its surroundings?










Format: FULL HD, color

Length: 30 min

A Project by  

Maria Eichhorn

German Pavilion

59th International Art Exhibition

La Biennale di Venezia

Production Country    

Germany, Italy

Directed by

Sabrina Labis and Kristina Paustian

Producers, Photography, Editing
Sabrina Labis and Kristina Paustian


Ruth Rosenfeld


Ben Fawkes

The film was realized with the participation of

Dana Andrei

Marco Baravalle

Giulio Bobbo

Yilmaz Dziewior

Arno Löbbecke

Vittoria Martini

Anh-Linh Ngo

Leonie Radine

Luisella Romeo

Ruth Rosenfeld

Sound Design

Christian Obermaier


Susi Dollnig














The German contribution to the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia is realized on behalf of the Federal Foreign Office and in cooperation with ifa – Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen.




Initial partner




With generous support




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