ON THE WORLD WAR MOUNTAIN PATHS
The temporary exhibition On the World War mountain paths engages seven artists into a residency program, in order to conceive two site-specific and symbolically linked artworks, one for the mountain path and one for the tower. They were asked to spent an amount of time from two weeks to 1 month in Carnia, discovering the place through walks and researches.
Both exhibitions, heterogeneous for the media used and for the topics treated by each artist, offer new keys to interpret the past conflict and the location in which it took place. The idea is to read the Pal Piccolo Mount through a contemporary gaze related to nowadays political issues, using the artists’ personal vision and artistic approach.
Not merely wishing to find analogies or to reconstruct the experience of the war, some artists such as Pablo Chiereghin, Leone Contini and Michele Tajariol explored and established connections with histories, figures or facts that really occurred in the past. Differently, Andreco, Michele Spanghero and Filippo Minelli explored the issue of the border, both from the political and from the natural perspective.
The whole project is enriched by another one, inspired by the “hiking diary” tradition. Hiking diaries are small notebooks usually located on the mountain top or on particular panoramic viewpoints, where mountain climbers usually leave comments or personal thoughts about the walk, inspired by the landscape or by the path they have crossed. Thus we invited Caterina Rossato to create an artwork which recalls a hiking diary, taking the cue from the natural and historical environment which characterizes the Pal Piccolo Mount. Unlike the other temporary installations, the Hiking diary is the only artwork which will be permanently left on the top of the mountain.
As new productions, these artworks have been specifically conceived for Walking’s first edition. Even if they are profoundly connected to the past, they come to light to the present through the account, partly imagined and partly real, which turns them into more or less visible and permanent tangible clues.