Rome - Exhibition

Calamita/à

Matéria Gallery

29 Oct 201603 Dec 2016

Matèria hosts the first gallery exhibition entirely dedicated to the “Calamita/à” project. The group show features a selection of work from over 20 Artists who, throughout the project’s lifespan, have turned their gaze to the Vajont territory.

The exhibition curated by Marina Caneve, Gianpaolo Arena and Niccolò Fano. Photographers: Andrea Alessio, Gianpaolo Arena, Sergio Camplone, Marina Caneve, Céline Clanet, Scott Connarroe, François Deladerriere, Marco Lachi, Michela Palermo, Max Rommel & Marissa Morelli, Gabriele Rossi, Petra Stavast, Jan Stradtman, Maaike Vergouwe Daan Zuijderwijk, Cyrille Weiner & Giaime Meloni.

The Great Vajont has, in its name, the manifesto of an ambitious project that planned to use the gravitational energy of the water reserves in the Dolomites as hydropower to supply electricity to Venice and the Triveneto region. In 1940 the Adriatic Energy Corporation (SADE, which later became ENEL) requested and received authorisation to construct a large dam. The tallest dam in the world when it was built, it would go on to become a monument representing political power and shame. The dam held up perfectly against the violent collapse of the mountain that invaded the Vajont, but wherever the landslide wave of destruction passed, nothing else remained intact in its wake. There were 1917 confirmed deaths.

Many years have passed between 1963 and now. Numerous procedures have been discussed and controversial urban reconstructions have been initiated, but the wound is still tender. In our opinion, it is crucial to continue the dialogue today at an important time when utilising local sources of energy and preserving the land are not always carried out through the same means and with the same instruments. The analogies with the present are evident and repeat themselves even amongst the eternal conflicts of interest, the corruption of tools of control, the privatisation of profits and the socialisation of losses. The nefarious case of the Vajont is, in all respects, one of the most pivotal events of 20th century Italy – a black hole of sense and meaning that is still easy to fall into. A symbol of modern Italy.

The CALAMITA/À project was born in this context out of the urgency to investigate an area whose fundamental equilibrium was altered by a catastrophic event that broke the natural sequence between past, present and future, and fragmented places, stories and lives. The present is sometimes indifferent and inattentive. However, life continues and we can seek consolation in reflecting upon the collection of traditions and memories we hold dear to our hearts. Many people have made an effort to give shape to the passing of time. In some ways, it is as if the landslide swept away the past and future of an entire community. Time is crystallised in an eternal present.

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Special Events

Destination: Rome
Where: Matéria Gallery
Type: Vernissage
Admission: Free

Contacts & Details

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