• the dam before the tragedy - archive photo (courtesy fondazione vajont)
  • the vajont dam/line - photo giacomo de donà
  • nuovo spazio di casso and the landslide - photo giacomo de donà
  • the dam framed - photo giacomo de donà

dolomiti contemporanee and the Vajont area are in arcipelago italia, the Italian Pavillion of the 16th venice’s biennale of architecture.

“Arcipelago Italia. Projects for the future of the country’s interior territories” is the title of the project by curator Mario Cucinella for the Italia Pavillion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, promoted by Direzione Generale Arte e Architettura contemporanee e Periferie Urbane, MiBACT.

through arcipelago italia, cucinella has carried out an explorative journey, a reconnaissance of italy‘s inner areas, placing particular focus on a series of sites and projects, as well as architecture and cultural socialization procedures that involve the territory’s participation, and that are always equipped with a vision in regards to the determination of the future of the human landscapes, one that presents itself through good practices, actions based on networking strategies, open regenerative process-oriented approaches, and re-innovative ideas which may prove themselves to be capable of responsibly tackling the theme of enhancement and reclaiming of the environmental, landscape-related, cultural and social heritage.
the sites aren’t enough in and of themselves, and there is no future for the heritage if the people don’t operate towards that goal: the future is the product of present actions.

the call for the italian pavillion was answered by more than 500 projecs, 67 of which have eventually been selected by the curator, and find now a home at the tese delle vergini at the arsenale.

among them is dolomiti contemporanee, inside the itinerary dedicated to the eastern alps.
a great photograph of vajont’s mt. toc (by isabella sassi farìas), sighted from the nuovo spazio di casso, welcomes visitors at the entrance of the pavillion.

the exhibit will remain open until november 25th 2018.

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14/10/2014

massimo bray, former italian minister of culture, perfectly understood the spirit of the dolomiti contemporanee project. we would like to thank him for his support, ad we’re looking forward to see him here, in these high lands, in our new project sites soon.

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17/09/2014

angela vettese, maria centonze and marc augé, members of the jury of twocalls, were in Casso a few days ago, learning more about the context in which the Contest acts.

 

following a text with the considerations by gianluca d’incà levis, curator of dolomiti contemporanee, on the value of the contest and a call to the artists.

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29/08/2014

The French anthropologist Marc Augé, member of the Jury of Twocalls, came to visit the Vajont area, to explore the Contest‘s project sites and to learn more about Dolomiti Contemporanee‘s activities.
He brought his reflections about the Vajont Tragedy and the meaning of a contemporary art Contest here nowadays.

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