As usual, the Biennale Gherdëina will be held outdoors in the public spaces of Ortisei, Val Gardena, in the heart of the “pale mountains” the Dolomites, and in the exhibition space (Sala Luis Trenker), especially adapted for the occasion, as well as in various other venues across the city, including a disused Hotel Ladinia which will host a unique project ‘Cinema of Worldmaking’ by Austrian artist Josef Dabernig (with contributions by, amongst others, Adrian Paci, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Matthew C. Wilson, Sharon Lockhart, Mariana Calo and Francisco Queimadela, Marco A. Castillo, and Gabriele Mathes, and additional evening screenings) or the hill of Pilat where German artist Antje Majewski’s ‘Sculpture Forest Sanctuary’ will be inaugurated with a participation of Cecilia Edefalk, Agnieszka Brzeżańska, Paweł Althamer, Paweł Freisler, Gregor Prugger and Alioune Diouf) and Polish artist Paulina Ołowska’s tableau vivant of ‘Slavic Goddesses’ will be staged. This edition will also involve a number of neighboring villages, including the municipality of Selva where Swedish artist Henrik Håkansson will stage his site-specific project ‘Structural Tree’ (Vallunga, Natural Park in Selva). Over 30 artists of various generations, practicing various media, and from across the globe were invited to this edition of the Biennale – from Vancouver, Canada, Los Angeles, USA over Barcelona, Spain, London and Manchester, the UK, down to Athens, Greece, Vilnius, Lithuania, Prague, Czech Republic, Warsaw, Poland, Berlin, Germany, Vienna, Austria, setting a dialogue with Italian artists as well as the artists from Val Gardena, including Hermann Josef Runggaldier, Aron Demetz, Gregor Prugger or legendary poet and visual artist Franz Josef Noflaner. The artists are mainly focused on sculpture and installation however the Biennale embraces all media, including performance, ephemeral event, film, painting and drawing. The large majority of works on view had been produced in situ, using the local craft and inspired by the site, the cultural tradition and the socio-political context.
Rich program of public events and discursive, cross-disciplinary acts, Biennale Gherdëina ENCOUNTERS, has been drafted by a team of curators and researchers, including Brave New Alps, Sabine Gamper, Karin Pernegger and Adam Budak, and involving local and international cultural producers, artists, scientists, and politicians. See the full program here.
The Biennale’s two part opening on Saturday, August 8th, 2020 will be held between 11am and 10pm, spread between the urban area of Ortisei (including premiere of the Soundtrack Gherdëina by Italian artist Marinella Senatore, as well as an exclusive viewing of the exhibition at Sala Trenker and a parcour) and the hill of Pilat with the exquisite program of TEATRO PILAT, featuring a tableau vivant Slavic Goddesses by Polish artist Paulina Ołowska, one night exclusive edition of DISCO FOR ONE by Greek artist Maria Papadimitriou, film screening by American artist Sharon Lockhar and a manifesto of ‘Sculpture Forest Sanctuary’ by German artist Antje Majewski, Polish artist Agnieszka Brzeżańska and Val Gardena artist Gregor Prugger as well as live music by Cordes Y Buttons and DJ Simon.
The Biennale Gherdëina 7th visual identity had been elaborated by Bolzano-based graphic design studio LUPO & BURTSCHER in a collaboration with Italian artist Marcello Maloberti whose ongoing project martelatte became the Biennale’s platform for voicing the unity of politics and poetics. The sonic element of the Biennale’s identity has been delivered by Italian artist Marinella Senatore who composed the Gherdëina Soundtrack using the musical and sound-components, collected from an open call distributed amongst the local community.