july 24, 2020 - Biennale Gherdëina

Val Gardena, Dolomites | BIENNALE GHERDËINA 7 | 08.08-20.10.2020

The “Zënza Sëida” association and the team of #biennalegherdeina is very pleased to announce that the 7th edition of #biennalegherdeina, international exhibition of #contemporaryart will take place in the public space of Ortisei/Val Gardena (South Tyrol), in the heart of the Dolomites UNESCO world heritage site, from August 8 until October 20 2020.

In this period of uncertainty, expectation and change, we are convinced that art can offer an important social contribution. By organising the seventh edition of the #biennalegherdeina we wish to send a positive signal of hope. #contemporaryart is a key element in a constantly evolving culture.

This edition of the #biennalegherdeina, entitled ‘– a breath? a name? – the ways of worldmaking’, will address themes such as the meaning of belonging, community, responsibility, care and humility, and stage collective actions in relation to the social environment and nature.

The previously featured thematic fields relate to the significance of the cultural legacy, the research of historical strategic positioning, the praise of the communal, the omnipresence of the nature and its “industry” - will receive a social and political framing with no ignorance to the poetic, the spiritual and the existential, thus further unfolding the complexity of the vernacular language with an attention paid to the continuity and perseverance of tradition, its necessary rewriting and undoing as well as its transformative potential.

The Biennale will be focused on the importance and the awareness of a political gesture in an active process of worldmaking, on its dynamic factor that guarantees a resilience of culture and nature, shapes the emancipated vernacular uniqueness of a place and manifests a brave, mature vision of a future to come. 

Three chapters on sociology of an encounter and the politics of the plural will constitute the core of „the ways of worldmaking“: ecology of others - on reinvigorating the relationality (following Philippe Descola’s reflection upon the nature-culture binary), in praise of hands - on the craft of touch (enhanced by Henri Focillon’s dream of art’s autonomy within the domains of materials, techniques and signs) and the cloud of possibles - on dissemination of enthusiasm and the power of differentiation (referring to Maurizio Lazzarato’s shift from capital-labour to capital-life). The notions of responsibility and humility connect all three chapters in an attempt to define the agencies of responsiveness and care, the main challenges in the active process of worldmaking.

The exhibition will be curated by Adam Budak (Prague), who was also responsible for the last two editions, From Here to Eternity (2016) and Writing the Mountains (2018). This year he will conclude his trilogy, again with contents that embrace the unique nature, culture and history of this Dolomite valley through contemporary artworks in public spaces. 

The #biennalegherdeina 7 consists of the main exhibition in public spaces in Ortisei in the #valgardena and surrounding landscape, a specially adapted exhibition space in the centre of Ortisei in the Luis Trenker Sala, and a series of fringe events, which will also be visible in live streaming online. 

We wish to thank all our colleagues, artists, collaborators, partners and sponsors for their enthusiastic support for this project at such a particular moment in time