As part of lille3000 and its 6th thematic edition entitled “UTOPIA”, the work The Earth is an Architecture will be presented at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Lille from 14 May to 03 October 2022 – after the Biennale di Venezia, as part of the 17th International Architecture Exhibition.
Presented in the middle of the altar paintings, the monumental piece gives a new vision of the Earth. Resulting from a research programme initiated in 2015 by the TVK agency, the installation and the masterpieces of 17th century Flemish painting, each in their own way, explore the various forms of religious, symbolic, material and spiritual mediations between humans and the Earth. The dialogue between the contemporary piece and the older artworks shows that humans have never ceased to interpret earthly forces in order to understand and transform them. Acknowledging this correlation and interdependence invites us to rethink the new position of human societies as active powers within nature and no longer external to an environment that they could control and exploit at will.