BIENNALE GHERDËINA ∞ PERSONES PERSONS opened on 20 May 2022 with a series of new installations, performances, sculptures, sound pieces, textile works, walks, and participatory experiences alongside existing and historical works that reverberate the Biennale’s themes, passions and lines of intensity while responding to the unique landscape and setting of the Val Gardena territory.

Date 20.05.2022 - 25.09.2022
Curator Lucia Pietroiusti and Filipa Ramos
Venue Val Gardena, Dolomites, Italy
All images Courtesy by the artists and Biennale Gherdëina. Photo: Tiberio Sorvillo

Artists: Etel Adnan, Chiara Camoni, Alex Cecchetti, Gabriel Chaile, Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen, Jimmie Durham, Simone Fattal, Barbara Gamper, Kyriaki Goni, Judith Hopf, Ignota (Sarah Shin and Ben Vickers), Karrabing Film Collective, Lina Lapelyte, Britta Marakatt – Labba, Eduardo Navarro, Elizabeth A. Povinelli, Angelo Plessas, Tabita Rezaire, Sergio Rojas, Giles Round, Thaddäus Salcher, Martina Steckholzer, Hylozoic/Desires (Himali Singh Soin and David Soin Tappeser), Ana Vaz and Nuno da Luz, Bruno Walpoth.

It is the eighth edition of the biennale. This edition includes new locations in Ladinia: Ortisei, Castel Gardena, Vallunga and a range of newly commissioned works. Works range from an immersive walk to installations, performances, installations and performances, all across and in response, to the landscape.

The Biennale considers forms of personhood in wildlife and landscapes, legal and other, asking how artistic expressions contribute to the recognition of Earth’s rights and to the dilution of divides. It also attends to the ancient and future memories of pathways of animals, matter, people, and plants across ancestral and current systems of migration, seasonal displacement and transhumance in the region and resonating landscapes.

Doris Ghetta, founder and Director of Biennale Gherdëina says: “All around the world, art biennials usually take place in large urban centers, so the Biennale Gherdëina represents the exception to the rule. Its distinctiveness gives the event a strong identity – with factors such as the mountain landscape, rurality, language, and cultural history hugely influencing its structure and content – and a uniqueness impossible to find in the same form in other places. We are living in what has been described as “the era of living creatures”….this means that, if we are to plan a sustainable society, we can no longer incline toward an anthropocentric worldview but need to center our way of seeing the reality around all living things: from air to plants, water, snow, animals and, of course, human beings. The fact that Biennale Gherdëina ∞ has decided to focus its artistic reflection on this particular subject makes this edition of the event particularly topical.

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