press release

BIENNALE GHERDËINA VI
WRITING MOUNTAINS
24.06.2018 - 15.09.2018

artists: Mariana Castillo Deball, Claudia Comte, Alessandro De Francesco, Alicja Kwade, Sissa Micheli, Štefan Papčo, Giuseppe Penone, Simon Perathoner, Gianni Pettena, Agnieszka Polska, Jiří Příhoda, Gregor Prugger, Mathilde Rosier, Egill Sæbjörnsson, Fabien Vallos, Nico Vascellari, Franz West

curator: Adam Budak
director: Doris Ghetta

venues: Pedestrian area of Ortisei, Circolo Artistico di Ortisei, Parcours Col de Flam, Hotel Ladinia, Backstage Museum de Gherdëina

The 6th edition of the Biennale Gherdëina will take place from Juny 24th to September 15th, 2018. The Biennale Gherdëina was inaugurated in 2008 as parallel event to Manifesta 7 and celebrates its 6th edition this year. It is curated by Adam Budak, who is currently chief curator of the National Gallery in Prague, Czech Republic. 
Biennale Gherdëina is located in Ortisei, in South Tyrol, Italy.

Scheduled to be inaugurated on June 23rd, 2018 - the day of the 268th anniversary of the birth of a Father of the Dolomites, Dieudonné Sylvain Guy Tancrède de Gratet de Dolomieu usually known as Déodat de Dolomieu, French geologist who in 1792 discovered a calcareous rock which would be named after him along with the grandiose mountain range of northeastern Italy - the 6th edition of the Biennale Gherdëina is a venture into the polymorphous nature of the mountains and their language.

Conducted under a desire of WRITING THE MOUNTAINS, the exhibition combines liminal disciplines of cultural geology, communal ecology, performative science and relational practice of engaged aesthetics, challenging conventional forms of representation and perception as in a reference to the vocabulary of nature, landscape and a community. It is a polylogue; it foregrounds collaborative and participatory modes of working, mingling polyphonic forms, from performance, including dance and singing, poetry and spoken word, through architecture and design, staging and display, down to the ephemeral forms, focused on communal spirit, engagement, and collectivity, notwithstanding research and in situfieldwork. As such, WRITING THE MOUNTAINSis a poetic proposition; here, in what may be considered an act of learning from the mountains, (the language of) poetry is a score for a collection of artistic utterances that celebrate the site and its sublime intensity. Poetic narrative Überwasserby Alessandro De Francesco, commissioned for the Biennale is a manifesto of an “intimate immensity” of the Dolomites: a series of sensual tableaux that along with a lexicon of the nature’s elemental language provide a prototype for WRITING THE MOUNTAINS multiple scenarios.

Thus as a sequel to the previous edition of the biennale which focused on the rhetoric of longing, WRITING THE MOUNTAINSsearches for the patterns of belonging, identification and cohabitation. It pays an homage to the mountains and the community which inhabits them, reflecting the endurance and resilience, so typical for this site and its people, praising the mountains as a site of awe and intimacy, emancipation and resistance. The exhibition considers the biotope of the mountains as a ritual in flux, archetypal and ever changing, redrafted and transcribed, over and over anew, both mystical and real, simultaneously sublime and mundane, an articulation of a desire, woven of legends, myths and everyday dreams.

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PEDESTRIAN PRECINCT
ORTISEI
REZIA STREET, 2-59

1. GIANNI PETTENA
2. ALICJA KWADE
3. FRANZ WEST
4. CLAUDIA COMTE
5. NICO VASCELLARI

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CIRCOLO ARTISTICO E CULTURALE
STREDA REZIA, 102

1. MARIANNA CASTILLO DEBALL
2. ALESSANDRO DE FRANCESCO
3. ALICJA KWADE
4. SISSA MICHELI
5. ŠTEFAN PAPČO
6. GIUSEPPE PENONE
7. GIANNI PETTENA
8. GREGOR PRUGGER
9. MATHILDE ROSIER

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HOTEL LADINIA
ST.ANTONIUS SQUARE

1. GIANNI PETTENA

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BAR LADINIA
ST.ANTONIUS SQUARE

1. EGILL SÆBJÖRNSSON
2. AGNIESZKA POLSKA
3. ALESSANDRO DE FRANCESCO

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CESA DI LADINS
REZIA SQUARE

1. MATHILDE ROSIER
2. GREGOR PRUGGER

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PROMENADE
TUNNEL SECEDA

1. SIMON PERATHONER

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COL DE FLAM
VIA SACUN

1. ŠTEFAN PAPČO
2. ŠTEFAN PAPČO
3. JIŘÍ PŘÍHODA
4. CLAUDIA COMTE